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tell the truth- how intense?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ooohtouchmether, Oct 16, 2002.

  1. ooohtouchmether

    ooohtouchmether New Member

    Oct 16, 2002
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    hello everyone. I am new to the board and am enrolling in a post bac program at NYU. What I wanna know from someone is-- gimme the lowdown-- how intense are those 1st 2 year and anyone in residency -- is it as bad as they make it seem-- like 3hours sleep?

    give it to me str8 cuz I hear mixed reviews
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  2. Andrew_Doan

    Andrew_Doan Doc, Author, Entrepreneur
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    Oct 1, 2002
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    This depends where you do your residency and what type of residency you match in. In some programs, you'll work close to 100 hours per week. In others, a 60 hour work week is average.

    In my first year as a general medicine intern, I was on call every fourth night during my inpatient medicine rotation. This means being on call in the hospital on Days 1 and 2 for 36 hours. Then I work ~12 hour work days on Days 3 and 4, and then repeat the call process again on Day 5. When I was on call, I averaged about 1-3 hours of DISCONTINOUS sleep. Nurses paged me every 15-30 minutes with questions.

    As an ophthalmology resident, my call is about every 5th day. I work ~10 hour days when not on call. Call nights are variable. Some nights I don't get called, but others I'll be up all night because of traumas and emergencies.

    As for my colleagues in surgery and OB-GYN, they keep up the busy schedule for most of their training.
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