If your wife is not a resident (and neither are you), why should her opinion of the program matter?Days on the mountain..... Few and far between. This is not a cushy prelim program with lots of time off. You will work hard here and learn how to take care of patients. If you want time off this is not the program for you. My wife (non-resident) hates this program.
Could you PM me? Was hoping I could ask you a couple of questions...Different perspective from the above poster. While there are only two elective months (weakness), and vacation is taken during these months, there is also a month of EM where you have the option to only work 16 shifts (!!) and take a third week of vacation. The EM month is cushy (basically act as a med student but can freely order tests and meds, lots of suturing), and you can work the schedule to get lots of days off. Also some seniors will give you a 5th day off on a ward month (but not always). And more importantly than the amount of days off-almost all of the seniors are awesome people and will work hard to help you out. Most admitted patients for me, wrote progress notes, and are easily available so you never feel alone. I also usually would get the attending's phone number and they want to be texted/called with any question. It definitely makes life much better.
At the beginning of the year I was averaging 75 hours weekly on wards, but as my efficiency increased I brought that number down to ~65. Also my average patient load on the wards was 6-7, which is definitely easier than many other programs I interviewed with. And the one or two months of nights are set up so you get two days off in a row every 4 days, and are 12-13 hour true shifts otherwise. Nights are very busy (and often intense/overwhelming), but if you want to become very confident in many aspects in internal medicine, it's definitely a way to do it. Being busy isn't always bad if you're learning a little too.
People ski, I saw my family, but much of it depends on what you want for your intern year. If you love internal medicine and from that become an efficient worker, you will hopefully love this place and the comforts of a community based program, the very strong nursing and support staff, and the really cool co-interns and residents. Especially coming from a hospital that doesn't have all of those things. Denver is also amazing. There are definitely people who get overwhelmed though including myself at times. If you don't want to be busy on internal med wards or get frustrated with internal med and would prefer a more cush program, I would agree there are better options.
This poster's info claims that they are, in fact, a resident. Noodler is mentioning their wife, who I take it is not in fact a resident. This is based on putting together the poster's info on the sidebar and the parentheses and assigning what seems to be the categories to each that make the response make sense, because you are right, your interpretation does not make sense. I think that noodler is mentioning their wife's opinion in the context of replying to a question about days off and time for snowboarding in this program, and this makes sense that as the wife of a resident she may have some basis for an opinion on the matter. The fact that noodler mentions that the wife is not a resident is giving us perspective on how to interpret her opinion. My interpretation is that nookler is mentioning this to say that as a non-resident the wife feels her spouse is working too hard, and that this is the opinion of an outsider and not someone who is within the program as well. While adding the weight of the wife's opinion to noodler's own, noodler is attempting to help attenuate our response to her opinion by giving us this information.If your wife is not a resident (and neither are you), why should her opinion of the program matter?