Hello, I'm a second year medical student. I would like to become an orthopedic surgeon, but I am also considering radiology or EM. My question concerns residency scheduling and my committment to the National Guard. My job in the National Guard is unrelated to medicine and I have to be on duty around 4 to 5 days per month and 2 consecutive weeks per year. 2 of those monthly days are fixed on a specific weekend. The other 2-3 days are highly flexible, but must be on weekdays. Also, I'm required to have at least 8 hours sleep before the start of my duty day (which means I can't do call and then start guard duty in the morning). An employer is required by law to give me these days off, but I'm wondering what the repercussions will be once I get into residency? Would most residencies be willing to schedule me around these days? Or will they (and my fellow residents) be put out and extremely pissed? THANKS!