Everything posted by lowkeyMD
My family lives in the US, so I'd like to keep my option of working there open. I'm deciding between IM and FM, and now considering the ease of intl work with either residency. I've heard that working FM in the US is basically impossible because we have one less year of training, but I've also heard that it's not hard at all... Can anyone shed light on this? And, if anyone is aware, does being an IM vs FM make a difference in how easy it is to find jobs in other countries (non-US) around the world e.g. Europe, Middle East, Australia, etc?
Thanks for the reply. I guess my thinking here is that either I work as a hospitalist or in an outpatient clinic. And both options are possible in GIM, which from my understanding makes a lot more than a GP would for doing more or less the same type of work. That's what I've read on here at least, I have no idea about the accuracy of that. But if my take home pay after taxes and overhead is going to be about 100k as a GP, I might be better off in GIM if they make more. I'm now wondering what the benefit is to doing FM if GIM has the same work for higher pay, apart from the residency training. Do you know if hospitalist work is hard to get in FM?
I'm seeing wildly varying information from actual sources. For example, CMA's specialty profile lists the gross as $253,683, with a 27% overhead. Another source, which broke it down by province, showed $363k gross for Ontario, and between $250-350k in the rest of the country. My friend said his preceptor told him that in a practice with 1000 patients, the earning would be about 250k gross on the capitation model, and 200k on fee-for-service. I don't even know if 1000 patients is above or below average. I really have no idea what to make of any of this. Obviously money isn't my primary motivating factor, but I'm torn between general internal medicine or family medicine, and money is a consideration. I'd also just like to have realistic expectations of my expected earnings since I'm definitely leaning towards the family side. I'm probably going to be seeing 20-25 patients a day and not more, which from my experiences so far is entirely the norm, so I don't know how much stock I'd put into the estimates that say "if you see 40 patients a day..." when most family doctors don't spend just 5 minutes per patient including all administrative work. Can anyone shed some light?