Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Almost done

I'm exhausted, and counting down the final 16 hours before I hand off the pager. I'm nearing the end of my 7-day call.
Admittedly, I'm still sometimes unprepared for this. True, I worked a lot harder as an intern. But, then I knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel, that at the end of the wretched year, things get better. Now I'm still sometimes unnerved that as a non-surgical attending, like today, I started rounds at 6.30 am, and got home at 6.00 pm. This, on top of the 12.15 am, then 2.00 am, then 3.03 am pages. And somehow, they always know how to catch you at the worst of times: pager is quiet for a coupe of hours. You decide to take a shit, or take a bath. Wham, beeper goes crazy.
I do catch myself wondering, if this kind of lifestyle sustainable for the next 20-30 years of a professional career?
Perhaps too heavy of a question, after all in these times one should be lucky to even have a job, especially one with excellent colleagues, support system and reasonable salary, even if the hours are heavier.
I just can't wait to break out my bottle of rum and take a few swigs of hard liquor when I'm done with call.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life of an Attending in the USA. In other parts, the Consultants go home and sleep, and the Registrars do all the heavy lifting. Maybe it's time to go back to Malaysia?

11:08 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

time to go back to malaysia? better yet, time to change jobs!!! :)

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or time for a promotion?

4:52 AM  
Blogger pavlova said...

yeah vagus...do dentistry :P
fantastic hours.. reasonable pay... not life and death situation :P

3:50 PM  
Anonymous -lyn.l- said...

If someone told you to walk east with the promise of seeing the sunset, what are your chances of it? Instead, turn around and walk the other way -- there's another way to make what you make passively!

8:13 PM  
Anonymous anastasia said...

i thought you chose endo because there weren't on-call shifts?

5:59 AM  
Blogger VoglioSognare said...

Hi hi hi ...looks a lot like the life of a romanian intern ...just in better conditions. Enjoy your life there ...it can be worse

May i use your picture for a similar topic on my blog :)) is so relevant!

11:49 AM  
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