travellight wrote:I would be interested to know what fields in medicine those who love what they do are in..... maybe there is a theme.
I agree it is a stable and financial secure profession but you certainly shouldn't go into it for financial reasons. The key is finding the niche where you love what you do; getting paid a reasonable amount for it puts you ahead of most people in the rat race.
It is my impression that family practice people like their patients. During local meetings for local medical society though, I am always shocked to hear them use four letter words in discussing reimbursement. I wonder if they enjoy their profession or they are more or less locked in and have come to believe they like it. I think if I were to rephrase your question . . . . if I had the foresight and wisdom, I would try to maximize my satisfaction, while keeping the peripheral irritations to a minimum, finding a profession which paid me commiserate to my intelligence/drive, challenging but not overly taxing, lending some degree of self-respect while providing a predictable income stream.
I have found each generation of successive generation of physicians to have a lower expectation and perhaps are more happy. I'd like very much to know when you are 50, whether you feel you have made the correct decision.