Posted by Dr. Rock from IP 188.8.131.52 on February 03, 2010 at 12:35:38:
In Reply to: Dr rock-hospitalist posted by sam on February 02, 2010 at 12:39:27:
That is correct. There is more and more money as hospitalist with better lifestyle.
Fellowship is 2-3 more years of training and unless you do the big ones cards, GI, heme-onc, allergy, the difference in terms of earnings is not so big with hospitalists.
One thing that attracts people is the fact that there is no overhead with hospitalist job, everything is under the hospital. You come to work see your patients, get paid and that's it. No need to think about clinic and how to pay your personel. People like that.
There is also the risk of getting burned out doing hospitalist work and perhaps getting bored when having to see similar cases all the time. All of this is very personal.
Those who do fellowship often like the academic challenge or like procedures.
You have to see what your interests are beyond fincancial considerations because any specialty in the US makes it for a good living anyway.
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