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Can anyone let me know whats the difference between family medicine and internal medicine?
Also why FM is considered inferior to IM
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Family medicine doctors deal with everything, internal medicine, surgery, obgyn, pediatrics, ....etc

Internal medicine doctors deal with Internal medicine only.

FM is considered more primary, because you cannot be good in all specialties, you only cover primary care and then you refer to specialists for further advanced care.

The possibilities of fellowships after FM residency are really very small if you compare it to Internal Medicine. After IM, you can do cardiology, GI, ID, Endo, ...etc none these possible after FM residency. Most people consider the benefits of getting IM fellowships with more specialized care and advanced settings, things that you cannot do after FM residency.

IM salaries are usually higher than FM salaries.

IM grads can get hospitalist jobs with high payment, PM grads cannot do hospitalist job, they are restricted to outpatient clinics.

For these reasons, IM is considered a higher tier than FM.

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FM doctors arre kind of specialized GPs, they treat " the commons " and refer if they believed the ptn needed more specialized help.

FM pays less usually, cannot work as a hospitalist ( only OPC ),less competitive, less prestigous* ... so you see
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with regards to salaries, FM can also be (almost as) competitive as IM. you just have to double or triple your patient load, which is stressful & tiresome. i knew one who earns more than an internist. but he has 1 PA & 1 lawyer at his side.
i agree with sabio & eric, IM is a tier higher all in all.
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FM doctors arre kind of specialized GPs, they treat " the commons " and refer if they believed the ptn needed more specialized help.

FM pays less usually, cannot work as a hospitalist ( only OPC ),less competitive, less prestigous* ... so you see
Uh what?

You realize without the family physician, the most "prestigious" specialists wouldn't have a job right?

We always look at the food that's cooking on the stove, never at the wood that's burning to provide it energy to cook.
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FM can get hospitalist jobs, in fact, a lot of the hospitalist in community hospitals are FM. But make sure that if you want a hospitalist job you choose a Program that trains you in critical care and inpatients.
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Here in this conversation my ques is towards the forum moderators...
What is prospect of FM?
I just heard that FM is dead!!!!
I was planning to apply FM!
Please step taker/sabio/apllicantguide some1 reply!

If it has no prospect,less prestigious then why it is more competitive??
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Here in this conversation my ques is towards the forum moderators...
What is prospect of FM?
I just heard that FM is dead!!!!
I was planning to apply FM!
Please step taker/sabio/apllicantguide some1 reply!

If it has no prospect,less prestigious then why it is more competitive??
What!

I don't know where you heard that, but i'm sure you have heard of America having a shortage of doctors in other words.. shortage of primary care docs in other words.. Family docs!!

Also, prestige is a biased opinion.

Ex. Pathology

Every other specialty thinks its not as hard or not "prestigious", but without these guys, no other specialty can do their job properly.

FM is more competitive because of the fact that people think its NOT competitive and apply to it. Everyone applies to FM as "backup", and this infact makes it as competitive if not even more competitive than IM.
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FM and IM both are inter competitive.... i agreed about all the information given above to this...
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Uh what?

You realize without the family physician, the most "prestigious" specialists wouldn't have a job right?

We always look at the food that's cooking on the stove, never at the wood that's burning to provide it energy to cook.
Thank you Patel IMD!Ya I agree with you, & I know the importance of PCP!
But some one in the forum who gives her valuable(!!) opinion in every post of IMG matching sub forum,(I think u can guess..),she told me that FM is dead !!!!..so i was confused!
I know FM is really competitive!! But I will love to be in FM!
The thing is that FM programs are more picky about USCE.....& I dont have USCE much...so bit worried!
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