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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 10+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    West Milford, NJ
    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.

    NJ Hopeful

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

    Jim Henderson 10+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 1999
    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.

    Jim Henderson, MD of
  4. Little River

    Little River New Member

    Sep 5, 1999
    Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A.
    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 10+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    West Milford, NJ
    Hi Little River,
    Check out the website:
    Sidelines National Support Network
    "Helping families cope with a high-risk pregnancy"

  6. almasque

    almasque Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 1998
    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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