I read these posts about residents that have 100+ hour weeks for 3-7 years. I just wanted to know how this was even possible, and why this even happens. I know that spots in residencies are competitive, so why wouldn't they split the number of hours in half in order to make room for two times as many residents? I don't see how anyone can work 20 hour days for 5 days strait. It sure doesn't seem like it puts the patient's health first. (which is why we are all supposed to be doing this in the first place) I sure wouldn't be comfortable being operated on by a surgeon that has slept less than 20 hours in five days. And for any residents that may be reading this post, how do you keep that kind of schedule? I can't imagine doing it. And it is beginning to scare me. I know that surgical residents have some of the longest hours during residencies, but I don't understand why. Wouldn't surgeons that perform invasive procedures be the doctors that should have the most rest? Besides surgery I was wondering what the typical residents schedule is for different specialties (how many hours standing up at the hospital) or where I can find this information. Thanks for any help.