So if you must communicate a dire need / clarify a dinner plan to us… It is much easier to read a page at the hospital because it appears to be work-related!
Many of us have mastered the “I am communicating important patient information to another colleague” look while we are paging other resident physicians emoticons and pages about where to get free food. Since our second year of medical school, we have had a yearning for it. When you’ve been up 34 hours straight and have half-slept on a hospital cot clutching a pager, you will understand our love for our beds. It’s a good thing though, because we would do anything to help ya.
The payoff was the promise of future high earnings and hours that would, in time, become more manageable.
But today's young doctors, most of them women, don't want to waste their youth working a backbreaking schedule, in part because they'd like to have children and don't think they can afford to wait.
So if you spill your deepest, messiest emotions, she'll accept them and try to understand them. Hint: She will just give you aspirin and a lot of the time, it'll fix everything.5.
She spends all day listening to patients, lecturers, residents, attending doctors, so she's basically a professional listener. In reality, she probably has no idea why you're having leg cramps, but that doesn't matter because she will pretend to know anyway.
Most likely, our response time will be much better on the pager because while we are not a slave to you or our phones, the pager is our ball-and-chain. I’ve heard of residents sleeping on the kitchen mat before their kitchen sinks while doing their dishes, residents sleeping through their friends’ weddings, and residents falling asleep talking to their significant others—you. If we have the chance to be uninteractive for more than 10 minutes, then we will invariably close our eyes and drift into REM sleep. But if you have an ulterior motive—don’t think I’m a naive nerd who made it this far by studying.
However, if you get an automatic response, such as “Yes/OK, Thank you, or In 15 minutes,” then just know we are supremely busy and we apologize for the curtness. The caveat is that some resident physicians do not like using their pagers for non-hospital communication. What we want is uninterrupted, un-anxious, fulfilling, undeprived sleep. Our job as physicians is to find the truth in the patient’s history, symptoms, lab results, and imaging.
So please do not wake us up early on days we can sleep in. Let us know if you have been in an ER waiting room for hours. The things we hear, the diseases we see, the people we touch, the emotional burden we bear, the hours we work, and the medical responsibility we have—those are things you will never experience.
Residency training may be followed by fellowship or "sub-specialty" training.
Whereas medical school teaches physicians a broad range of medical knowledge, basic clinical skills, and supervised experience practicing medicine in a variety of fields, medical residency gives in-depth training within a specific branch of medicine.
Residents have graduated from an accredited medical school and hold a medical degree (MD, DO, MBBS, MBCh B).
Residents are, collectively, the house staff of a hospital.