I would love to be a physician but the amount of hell US medical school students are put through during residency is pushing me away. I have a sibling and 3 cousins who have gone through it or are currently going through it and it is truly jaw-dropping to me what they have to go through (and it also puzzles me why they have to go through this...like who does this benefit? Certainly not the resident. And certainly not the patients...as a zombie resident probably makes a lot of mistakes he wouldn't make if he actually had time to sleep and rest once in a while). I have heard that they have capped residency hours to 45 in the UK (compared to 80 in the US...lol). This limit is averaged over a month long period however, so in any given week a UK resident might work more than 45 hours (but then this means that in the following week or two, he works less than 45 hours). I also understand that UK hospitals can get around this a little bit...but I doubt they would get around with anything close to 80 hours...they probably can cheat the numbers and make their residents work up to 60 or so at the most. I also would love to be a part of a health-care system that is not in shambles like it is here in the US. Has anyone else thought about this? I've read about the Atlantic Bridge program (allows US students to apply to UK med schools) but I don't know much else about the process.