Originally Posted by Chakrabs
I just matched into neurosurgery. I think the OP has legit concerns, but they're a little overblown. Certainly some programs blow past the hours limits but those programs are becoming fewer and fewer as the ACGME is cracking down. My program is in New York, which has the most stringent regulations in terms of resident hours so I'm not really concerned about being overworked. I will say though, I completely understand why we work the hours that we do. We deal with very sick patients and continuity of care is really important. So I wouldnt really mind working longer hours to make sure I'm on the same page regarding all the patients on the service that I'd have to take care of. Also remember that neurosurgery programs are very small, typically with 2 residents per year. We work longer and harder simply because of numbers as well.
Yea, I read a neurosurgeon's account of how the length/commitment of the residency itself selects for the type of personality they want. And it makes sense, though, because after all you're going to be operating on the freaking brain.