Where I was at last year, we got one calendar month in the year (so February got screwed!).
THIS year, I get 4 weeks (in 2 2-week blocks), PLUS a week at Christmas (since I was off-service on a medicine or surgery service, who give all people 1 of their weeks at the holidays), PLUS the week I just had off between the end of one block and the start of my ED time...PLUS the week at the end of the month.
4 weeks, taken in 1-2 week blocks. Interns can only take 1 week blocks. Plus 3 days either Christmas or New Years.
Problem: we are only allowed to take vacation on specific rotations, usually the ones with the best operative experience.
Also, many places will allow you to take the weekend before and after your vacation. My program doesn't , and to ensure that you can't, puts you on call the day before and the day you return from vacation. Plus the month you have vacation you are on call every weekend.
I think I'd rather have 3 weeks and be allowed to have the flanking weekends. When you only have exactly 7 days, if you want to travel you have to use 2 days to travel, thus you really only get 5 days of vacation. Better than nothing, though.
Interesting question. I'm watching the Boiler Room as I type & eat dinner. Ben Affleck just finished saying, "You are required to work your f***** ass off at this firm. We want winners here, not pikers. A piker walks at the bell. A piker asks how much vacation time you get in the first year. Vacation time? People come to work at this firm for one reason, to become filthy rich, that's it. We're not here to make friends, we're not saving the f***** manatees here guys. You want vacation time, go teach third grade at a public school."