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On 2/4/2019 at 8:29 PM, yonas said:

How is orthopaedics in comparison to ENT and urology in terms of employment opportunities?

People do usually do two fellowships, but some are able to locum as well while doing them. If you really love the field, and are willing to give it your all, then do it. There's just less incentive to do it right now due to the job market.  

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10 minutes ago, Edict said:

People do usually do two fellowships, but some are able to locum as well while doing them. If you really love the field, and are willing to give it your all, then do it. There's just less incentive to do it right now due to the job market.  

The amount of years you need under your belt for a job now is insane + the poor job market in general. 

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5 minutes ago, la marzocco said:

The amount of years you need under your belt for a job now is insane + the poor job market in general. 

If you ask senior surgeons though, the job hour limitations may have also had an impact on the increasing number of years needed to practice. Truthfully though, the best way may really be to reduce the number of residency spots in these specialties.

It may also be important for trainees as a whole to lower salary expectations in general. If you are still willing to do a specialty despite a 30% pay cut, then this may be the right choice for you. I do believe that the incentives in non-surgical specialties are much better than surgical specialties if you are looking at years of training x hours worked x salary. 

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