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    Ms3 strongly considering this specialty. Want to go in with open eyes. Can’t find much data on their salary but merit Hawkins has their salary declining for the past 4 years. Is this an artifact of the fact that the average urologist is 51 years old?

    What can a young urologist expect to start at and grow into with a reasonable work schedule of 50-60 hours/ week?

  • #2
    I wouldn't put much weight on salary data, things vary so much from place to place you could easily find folks with income going up, others with income going down, folks that are employed, others in private practice, you should pursue what you enjoy
    my radiology group is hiring, pm if you can do msk and are interested

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    • #3
      @jacoavlu that is the conclusion I am reaching as well but. It is impossible to tell which specialty is going to be on the cms chopping block next so I might as well just enjoy my work.

      I would still like to make as an informed decision as possible though and also have realistic expectations because nothing leads to dissatisfaction like unmet expectations.

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      • #4
        Predicting salaries is a fool's game. Salaries are going to go up and down, however, if you practice medicine in the US, you are going to do better than 95% of people. Find a specialty you enjoy and go from there.

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        • #5
          Urology is one of the few, if not only, groups in the country that does a comprehensive work force analysis every year.  Covers a lot of ground, including salary.  Should be easy to find on a google search.

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          • #6
            Chief 1 hour from Boston 435K not including signing bonus. No fellowship

            Another Chief Northern California 425K not including signing bonus. Also No fellowship.

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            • #7


              Urology is one of the few, if not only, groups in the country that does a comprehensive work force analysis every year.  Covers a lot of ground, including salary.  Should be easy to find on a google search.
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              I always wonder about these things though, as salary is for some (employed) very close to, and for others (practice owners) often very far from, total compensation.
              my radiology group is hiring, pm if you can do msk and are interested

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              • #8
                Didn't you start a post similar to this about EM a year or so ago?

                Primary care < procedure oriented < surgical subspecialist

                and academics < employed < PP (generally)

                I got it that our students should know what they're getting into, but there are a lot of moving parts.

                My prostate is not getting any smaller and I have voiced my opinion about mid-levels--so...you got at least one patient here.

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                • #9
                  I was mistaken BTW, the workforce study does NOT include salary. Pretty ridiculous when you see how much space they devote to some other things.

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                  • #10
                    @g yes I did but I jumped off the EM train after 2 days of surgery. People say you’re either OR person or you’re not and that you know pretty quickly. I could change again who knows. Just exploring options

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                    • #11
                      outside of big picture issues (say peds ID vs neuro-spine), is income that important in making a decision?

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                      • #12
                        Two days is probably a little quick in deciding for and against various specialties.

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                        • #13
                          This shouldn't be difficult information to find. I'm pretty sure our urologists make a pretty penny, but they work their a**es off for it. Literally some of the hardest working people in my hospital, but always friendly/cordial and in a decent mood.

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                          • #14
                            With rising healthcare costs and an ever-present need to bring them down, you do not and cannot know how much they're going to reimburse for a TURP in 30 years. Go into urology if you're interested in urology.

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                            • #15
                              https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/forums/topic/medscape-physician-compensation-report-2019/#post-205860

                              Since you are bouncing around, you can get a general idea of comps from Medscape linked in the above and some comments. So many factors it would be useless to get much more granular. Don’t even consider when the little voice in your head says, “Don’t go there, don’t go there.” Sometimes to morphs into, “You got this!” Give it enough time to settle in. Focus on the skills it takes and the what the career involves.

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