Pros and Cons of Family Medicine
I have worked as a family nurse practitioner since 2004. As with any career in medicine, I have had peaks and valleys. Burnout and frustration countered by personal reward and gratitude. Humility for sure. In nursing school, I liked every rotation. I wanted to do "all of it." My faculty advised me to go into med-surg. I guess my love for "all of it" carried into my choice to primarily stay in family practice. I have done some moonlighting in GI and Pediatrics. GI was interesting, a challenge, and a break from a full family practice panel of patients. Pediatrics was fun, repetitive, and just a different pace.
I think any career in medicine comes down to a few things:
In the words of Thoreau "It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see."
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