• SDN Site Updates

    Hey everyone! The site will be down for approximately 2 hours on Thursday, August 5th for site updates.

  • How To ACE Your Medical School Interview

    In this webinar hosted by SDN with experts from BeMo Academic Consulting, you will learn a simple five-step process to help you translate your interview invitation into an acceptance.



Are resident or attending physicians allowed to moonlight at hospitals other than where they are receiving training/practicing full-time? Or is this not allowed/frowned upon by the medical community because of ethical/economic/social etc. reasons?


Full Member
10+ Year Member
Oct 2, 2006
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
For residents, it depends on your program. Ours allowed us to as long as we scored a certain percentile on the in-service exam and didn't have other "issues."

For attendings, it depends on your contract. For me, I'm a solo practitioner so I can moonlight whenever I want. But for me that's just working harder so I can just see more patients in a week.
About the Ads

Winged Scapula

Staff member
Volunteer Staff
Apr 9, 2000
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Everyone is a newbie at some point in time, so don't apologize for it.

As rsxn noted, moonlighting during residency is up to your program. Mine did not allow it under any circumstances - it didn't matter whether you were on vacation or under 80 hrs even with the moonlighting. Of course, they had been on probation for hours violations more than once so were a little touchy about the subject, Your hospital may have different rules and allow it during vacations, only in-house, or have no policy against it.

Attendings don't regularly moonlight unless they're having some financial difficulties or work in a specialty where they don't have restrictive covenants and have lots of time off (ie, EM). Otherwise, most people stick to the job they have either because they're already working enough hours or because their contract (if a hospital employee or in a group practice) prevents them from seeking work elsewhere.


Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
May 26, 2002
Status (Visible)
yup, i echo what the others have said here. as a resident you can moonlight depending on your residency program rules. there are even more restrictions if you are:
a) an intern - most places won't let you the first year
b) surgery - b/c you are working long hours anyway
c) an FMG - they may let you work as a third year resident or only after you pass Step 3 or not at all

i'm a hospitalist with a lot of time off (similar to ER schedule). so even though my colleagues are making good money, they get bored and are therefore moonlighting. plus, the extra money doesn't hurt. i'm thinking about doing the same since we just bought a new house.
Jan 21, 2006
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Moonlighting rules for residents will vary from program to program. Most programs won't allow you to moonlight within their own healthcare system because of residency work hours restrictions. You'll have to make sure that your malpractice is covered, and that you can use your residency DEA license. This usually means that the residency will have to approve any moonlighting opportunities, otherwise you could find yourself in trouble.
About the Ads
This thread is more than 14 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.