The old cliché’ goes, “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”, but don’t be surprised when your doctor fires back quid pro quo ,” Put your money where you mouth is!”  The Doctor who works tirelessly in the ER, may receive our eternal gratitude for being there in our hour of need, but chances are your plastic surgeon is getting a lot more of your cash. According to a recent article in the New York Times, the two fields of medicine that are seeing the fiercest level competition amongst medical students are Dermatology and Plastic Surgery.  For medical students, who often have taken out hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans, these fields offer some of the highest pay in the profession along with the promise of normal office hours. It wasn’t long ago that both of these practices were less than highly regarded amongst medical professionals. Thanks to our increasing concern with our appearance, Dermatology and Plastic surgery have gone from being dismissed medical side note to become a coveted and enviable distinction. Sadly, this trend is creating a shortage of doctors that pursue careers in the specialties are the most vital to our health, such as family or internal medicine. Well, at least you will have a good looking corpse.

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