gotrumpet said:Out of curiosity, what is the lifestyle during residency like?
I mean call, and the hours per week.
I agree with everything said above. We are on call Q6, its not the frequency that kills you... Its the nonstop barrage of exams ordered when on call. I am post call today and last night, I my pager went off every 5-10 minutes for the majority of the night. I didn't sleep a wink. Even the neurosurg residents can sometimes find an hour of shuteye on call.Fab5Hill33 said:This question has been asked and answered in more detail in the past, so you might want to use the search feature. But to sum up my PGY-2 experience thus far: its much MUCH busier than most med students think. The number of studies being ordered just keeps increasing and the amount of info you have to know is unbelievable. Most significantly (for me) you can't leave your work at the hospital. At home you're constantly trying to keep up in reading. Moreover, you take 3 board exams over 4 years. Bottom line, don't get fooled by the jokes the other MD's make about us going home by 4 pm.
Call for us is ~5nights/month. And its nonstop work. >100 studies (mostly plain films and CTs). Get off by 10-11am next day and you're toast for the rest of the day. Not like Medicine where you can sneak in an hour or two of sleep at least or grab dinner with your team (you're usually all alone on call).
Not trying to scare anyone. But its no picnic, thats for darn sure.
The biggest issue for me as a resident is tracking down clinicians for results that need action. For example discovering liver mets and an incidental PE on a follow up chest CT at 4:45 on a Friday Afternoon. Better yet, the request for a pelvic ultrasound on Friday afternoon for a preoperative scan for surgery to be performed on Monday. I love that. Piss poor planning doesn't constitute an emergency on my part. Intellectually though, this specialty is very intriguing. You need to know more than the clinician does about disease and the differential diagnosis. I have also figured out the potential surgical complications which makes me, as a potential patient, very critical of surgical care.samsoccer7 said:I'm a 4th yr, but what I think I'll enjoy most about radiology is that, for the most part, YOU dictate your work day unless on call. You don't have to sit around and wait for labs then wait for the pharmacy then wait for the nurse to start an antibiotic. You get to read films, dictate them, and move on. You also don't have to find the social worker, contact the hospital where the patient had their last admission, yada yada. Nothing worse than knowing you need to be home by 5 but not knowing if you'll make it or not until 4:45. That pretty much sums it up for me.