Originally Posted by ene5yb
What is the day to day work like for physicians in the military? I know I obviously won't be able to pick my hours
but is it 9-5ish, shift work, 80hrs/wk? I know when I was in it was work hard when we were training up for something and pretty laid back other times. I know every branch is different. I'm just curious about the quality of life. Like I said, I'm a mother so it's good to know if I'm signing up for a job where I'm never home.
Also, has anyone had experience with dual-military life in this field? My husband is enlisted. When I was in we were in the same BN so it was never an issue. His MOS is on every base so I assume he would get stationed where I was?
I realize that the Army is always changing, I would just like to hear about other peoples experiences.
Excluding residency, I would expect to work 50-60 hours per week. Call will depend on specialty as will nights and weekends. There is huge variability in assignments though. Some clinic jobs will be very regular hours with nights and weekends free. If you do a specialty with inpatient responsibilities, add nights and weekends on occasion.
Then there are deployments. You should expect to deploy once every 3-4 years. Some specialties more, others less, but if you go in with that expectation you are not likely to be disappointed. I do think moms have a tougher time than dads, but many women have deployed. If you do rejoin, you have to promise not to be one of those women who gets pregnant everytime her number comes up.