Fabio

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Dec 31, 2003
145
0
Visit site
Status
I know this is purely a personal decision, but . . .

Can anyone tell me how they set up their vacation during intern year? I'm just looking for a few different opinions. I thought about taking all my vacation during the second half of the year, but I am not sure if I will get burned out long before then - having never done an internship, I obviously have no idea what to expect!

Also, in terms of schedules - did you ease into your intern schedule or start out with a tougher rotation - and why?

Thanks.
 

Kalel

Membership Revoked
Removed
15+ Year Member
Feb 1, 2004
792
3
Metropolis
Visit site
Status
Wow, it sounds like you are getting a lot of autonomy in determining your schedule. If I were you, I would schedule a regular general medicine/surgery/specialty rotation first, so that you will learn how the hospital works, but you will not be overwhelmed. I've heard that the MICU/SICU is the worst place to start in July, especially if you've never worked there before, for obvious reasons. I would schedule your vacation for the second half of the year. I think that it's nice to look forward to something then it is to look back upon something, so hopefully, that will keep you going through the first half. We have to schedule our vacation during elective time, and we were asked when we wanted our vacation, but I put down that I didn't care because it doesn't really matter to me.
 

Winged Scapula

Cougariffic!
Staff member
Administrator
Lifetime Donor
20+ Year Member
Apr 9, 2000
39,916
28,347
forums.studentdoctor.net
Status
Attending Physician
Yeah, we don't get as much autonomy as you're suggesting either. We can request certain times for vacation (and I would suggest not taking one until Nov/December of your first year, the evenly space them out after that...you generally won't get burned out until half-way through the year so its nice to have something to look forward to after that). The rotation schedule is worked out by the Administrative Chief and while there are some rotations we're required to take vacation on (ie, the Prelims have to take one week as the last week of the year, etc.), if you have more autonomy, schedule the breaks during the rotations you think will be the most painful.
 
About the Ads

vitaminj

FDA Approval Pending
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 23, 2003
123
0
Below the Mason-Dixon
Visit site
Status
Does everyone who is an intern agree, end of year is better for vacations? I was thinking of doing mine in late Sept, Jan, and March, so the longest I go without some rest is three months. :confused:
 

Finally M3

Senior Member
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jun 27, 2002
974
2
Visit site
Status
Attending Physician
My hospital has a policy of only allowing you to use your vacation days during elective months. I put down September, December, June. I picked September because I'm gonna travel with my gf (she is taking time off for Step 2 that month), December because I hate working over the holidays, and June for an extra week of vacation to get all my affairs settled before moving.

:clap:
 

samsoccer7

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Aug 10, 2003
196
2
40
Visit site
Status
how is oakwood transitional or prelim? I'm thinking of heading up there if they interview me.
 
About the Ads