Originally Posted by KinasePro
Hmm, I've heard pretty much the exact opposite. Granted, I'm nowhere close to the match, but from talking to other residents in busy surgical specialties (ortho, uro, gen surg) it's my impression the work hour restrictions are almost never enforced. Residents routinely pull 110+ hr weeks at many programs across the country, and reporting (or even complaining about) these programs to the ACGME is considered "poor form."
Yeah from what I've seen on general surgery, even if you sign out at the 12 hour mark, which would be considered a good day, there's always loose ends to tie up that could take an hour or two. You also have to take a look at the culture of the specialty. Neurosurgeons tend to take a lot of pride in being the strongest and hardest working people in the hospital, so not only are you dealing with long hours, you're working with people who don't necessarily want to go home early even if they could.