Originally posted by Lance42
Having been through a 5 yr surgery residency, I can tell you that 48 hr shifts do not exist. Recently there have been changes mandating an 80 hr work week with dedicated time off. Even before this, no one worked more that 36-40 hrs in a row.
I wish someone would do a realistic show about residents. These guys do general surgery, cardiac surgery, and brain surgery! amazing!
Anywho, I thought the picture was somewhat soft.
Well I can offer a contrasting point of view - I am in the 5th year of my 7 year general surgery residency, and for the first 3 years straight, I was on call every third night, overnight, and through the next day. I easily exceeded 40 hours on many occasions, often awake continuously. I logged >120 hours in a week many times. Programs differ in their hours.
The 80 hour work week has changed things quite a bit, in that we have set up a 'night-float' system, who covers every night so we can go home. Still around 80-90 hours a week. Whether or not this is good for patient care is still hotly debated. No one I "sign off" to knows the patients as well as I did when I was there continuously.
It's nice to see a medical show that's actually about surgeons though, in real training programs, the difference between surgical training and medical training is night and day - don't think turk and JD work the same hours - they don't! Surgery in particular is grueling.
I do wish they did not group all "surgeons" together (ER does this too), someone who does brain surgery does not turn around and do heart surgery the next day - that would require a total of 16 years of training, after medical school.
I like the show, and I'll continue to watch-