Sep 26, 2014
Does anyone know of a more objective method for determining the workload at each program besides asking current residents?

If one determines how many cases are done on a particular service in a specified amount of time and divides this number by the number of residents on that service at that time, will this accurately reflect the workload of the residents on that service?

Or is there a SIGNIFICANT difference between the amount of time required for each case at each service/institution? For example, at institutions that receive larger amounts of outside specimens (which are likely more difficult diagnoses), is the time required for each case usually much more and is this accounted for by a decreased number of cases or do residents simply work longer?

Is there a resource that has compiled all of this information on the different programs?



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Some of these topics were discussed in a recent thread (see link below). Other than that, I don't know of a universally accessible resource that compiles this sort of information as most programs don't keep track of type of specimens per resident/per year/per rotation, though some do. If they did, these stats are likely kept within a program to structure their own curriculum rather than as an inter-program measuring stick. Also, if a place receives more complex cases, the time and volume of specimens is usually divided by more people as there would be more residents and therefore more attendings to distribute them among. But some days are busier than others just like in practice and you do have to work longer whether it means grossing or signing out.

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