Originally Posted by SeekerOfTheTree
Laborists, hospitalists, ER, trauma surgery....I wouldn't necessarily say shift work is not working...
the jury is truly still very much out on this. Only premeds laude shift work as a sure fire home run. There are many pundits in all fields which do shift work who worry about sustainability and quality, particularly during the residency and early years. There are even a few ED programs which require prelim non-shift years, and I suspect we will see more of that down the road. Bottom line is if you don't log enough hours in the hospital during your earlier years you simply don't see enough to be proficient. The whole point if residency and the first couple if years of practice is immersion. But at any rate shift work is very much a new thing in medicine, and though it provides a nice lifestyle benefit it is not without negatives and powerful detractors. I'd probably wait another four or five years before I label it a success rather than a fad.