This has probably been asked before in a much more eloquent way, but cut me some slack. Are there any benefits to being chief, especially for someone with no aspiration to venture into academic medicine or administration? Sure, there is the completely meaningless title, perhaps a trip to a conference, and the near worthless addition to a CV. However, it seems vastly outweighed by the added work and hassle. At my program, it seems like the position should be renamed the schedule resident instead. We could all just take turn making a schedule for a month or two each and do away with the "white elephant" title. Are there any added incentives to you guys out there across the country? Here we work the same number of shifts for the same pay as the other 3rd years. There is the opportunity to go to an added paid conference. Days off are not infrequently interrupted with scheduling or administrative crises. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for doing my share of the work, but it seems silly to try to get to the front of the "more work, same compensation line". Are my views so skewed. Pardon the rant, but I'd really like to hear what you guys might have to add.