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Is working 80 hours a week really necessary?

Is working 80 hours a week really necessary?

I don’t know. Eighty hours a week is twice the number of hours of someone who is working full time. Surgery residency is 5 years, and many residents at the end of their training, still go into fellowship to hone their surgical skills. Many complain however, that working 80 hours a week is just too much of a sacrifice. How can one have a family and personal life with these hours? It is important to note that before the work hour restrictions, people worked over 100 hours a week, and did not complain. So are we a bunch of complainers or can someone get by without having to work 80 hours a week for 5 years for the sake of training.

What do you think about the residency work hours? Should we work more hours or less?

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