It's a pretty popular sentiment for people to say do what you love but from what I've seen, most people ignore their inner truth, and go for what pays the most money, followed by jobs which offer the better "lifestyle".
In other words, most people seem quite content to be unhappy for most of their adult life.
I am an FP, which I consider pretty family friendly. My husband is in anesthesia, and residency has not been as delightful as you might think, but I have high hopes for PP.
asunshine- I have the job you want. I am employed by a hospital, who do my management, billing, insurance, etc etc and just pay me to doctor. I don't make the most I maybe could, but I also got paid to take maternity leave (not happening in true PP!) and I don't have to deal with managerial crap that I have no interest in. I work about 36 hours a week in the office and take call 2-3 weeknights a month and a weekend every other month- from home.
ResidentMom<br /><br />"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much." --Jackie O.
You guys are hilarious! (Hm, maybe I should look into rural Kansas...sounds kind of fun ).
I hope the AMA doesn't kill me for posting their actual match stats, but here are the ROADE specialty ratio of US senior applying to positions available (2008):
Median USMLE: 235
No match data
Median USMLE: 236
Median USMLE: 220
Median USMLE: 240
(BTW, 47% of matched seniors were AOA, 12% had a PhD).
Median USMLE: 239
And, to contrast,
Median USMLE: 209
Median USMLE: 222
Median USMLE: 217
This is not taking into account the FMGs applying, the ratios are lower then. I'm not sure the difference between PGY-1 and -2 (i.e. you do a transitional year and THEN apply as PGY-2? Do some people do derm as PGY-1 with no transitional year??)
Hint to med students--you can get access to this info if you are an AMA member, or through your school's academic support center.
I love psych, and it works pretty well with part-time, which I have done in private practice (about 35 hours/week) and academics (.7FTE). I have a former classmate who does radiation oncology and makes more $ for less hours, but we both are happy with our choice.
Full-time for academic faculty at my institution is considered 60 hours/week...this just isn't a forty hour week kind of career.