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Typical work hours of residents

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by NJHopeful, Aug 29, 1999.

  1. NJHopeful

    NJHopeful Junior Member

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    Hi Dr. Henderson!

    Thank you very much for your encouraging reply to my last post. I am in the process of investigating schools and post-bac programs.

    I do have a question for you, though...How many hours/week is a resident expected to work? As you know I have a family and I want to know what to expect down the road.

    Thanks!
    NJ Hopeful

    PS: Hope Jenny finds the Sidelines information useful. Congratulations and best wishes :).
     
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  3. Jim Henderson

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    It varies based upon the type of residency and from program to program.

    Call ranges from every 3 nights the first year in some residencies to infrequently as once a month on average as a senior. Last year, as a first year resident, the most I worked in one week was 7 12 hour days plus 2 calls with no sleep equating to about 108 hours. That wasn't very fun. The least I worked was 40. I probably averaged 60 - 70 per week.

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  4. Little River

    Little River New Member

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    Dear NJHopeful,

    I was wondering if you would please share with us how to volunteer with the Sidelines program you mentioned previously? I would be very interested in this.

    Thank you so much.
     
  5. NJHopeful

    NJHopeful Junior Member

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    Hi Little River,
    Check out the website:
    Sidelines National Support Network http://www.sidelines.org
    "Helping families cope with a high-risk pregnancy"

    -NJHopeful
     
  6. almasque

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    Keep in mind, most everyone who has endured the medical education process has equated their first year of residency (internship) as the most strenuous and challenging time. A good friend of mine who is now an internist equated difficulty of undergraduate studies as a 4-5 (on a scale of 10), med school 8-9, and internship as a 10. He said actual doctoring is about a 6. Of course that is one opinion. Hope this helps.


     

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