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Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by Quixotic, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. Quixotic

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    How much time off could one typically expect once in practice? Is it realistic to expect 8 weeks off a year to travel the world?
     
  2. EctopicFetus

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    You can sign whatever deal you want. I would imagine finding a gig that gives you 8 weeks off is touch 4-6 seems like it is more standard. All that being said though I have heard people with insane work schedules then a ton of time off. Whatever works for you.
     
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    Some groups work 12 hour shifts, 7 days on, 7 days off. A friend of mine works the following schedule:

    7a-7p x 7 days, 7 days off, 7a-7p x 7 days, 7 days off
    7p-7a x 7 days, 7 days off, 7p-7a x 7 days, 7 days off

    He gets 2 weeks of vacation (3 weeks starting next year), which means when he takes a week off, he gets 3 weeks off at a time.
     
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    Just remember that 7 12 hour shifts in a row in a place with any significant volume will kick your keister. Don't expect to do anything else that week except sleep, and you may be a little groggy for a day or two later.

    Yes, you can get a lot of time off in EM, especially if you go somewhere where they need docs so much they're willing to negotiate. Usually if you're near a metro they have plenty of docs so the groups/chairpeople are less flexible.
     
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    The 7x7 shift sounds great! Of course I may get burned out on it after a while. I am doing my IM rotation right now and working 18 hour days doesn't seem like a big deal to me because as long as I am busy, I enjoy working. Of course the patient load in the IM compared to the ER is a bit different. I guess I'll find out more after I do my ER rotation.
     

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