I would like to ask if any of the interns/residents in General Surgery have slightly older (ages 10-12) children and how the time commitments of a surgery residency impact their kids? I've talked with some of the residents in the local programs and most are either single or newly married with no or infant age children. I've read the handbook posted online but wondered if someone could provide their experiences on this topic (in terms of quality of life with the family, etc.). I'm a second career type and put in my share of nights/weekends/holidays as they were younger. We worked around it by having them come to the office for dinner or I met them for lunch. I occasionally went in to work after the holiday celebration was over or came home for dinner and went back after they were in bed, etc. I really enjoyed my general surgery experience, got a good letter and an invite back but family is an important consideration to me.