I have spent the last hour or so reading a thread over at the Student Doctor Network entitled "Medicine Sucks." The website is linked over on the right side of this blog, and the thread can easily be found, it is in the Emergency Medicine subheading. I don't think I have ever read a collection of such sad, heart-breaking stories. I had to watch an episode or two of Scrubs afterward just to get over it. It definitely is something pre-meds should read before devoting their lives to a profession. I personally think that hospital experience should be required for all applicants, because in reality not every patient gets better and dealing with that is not easy. However, some of the stories are also very inspiring, and make me want to be a part of the Emergency Room. It hasn't become apparent yet, but I am 99% sure that I have already chosen my specialty and it is Emergency Medicine. I loved working in the ER and shadowing there is even more fun. I love the idea of shift work, and a life without a pager. I LOVE a 3 year residency. I also have always liked a bunch of different subjects in school, but never loved one, and EM is all about a breadth of knowledge rather than depth in a single field. Of course there are disadvantages, but I want to live a life outside of the hospital and still do procedures. We will just have to see what happens during rotations in medical school.