Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Posting will be back to normal by tomorrow. Today, finally, is the last day of an insane two weeks on an every-third-night-overnight rotation that has killed me and made it impossible to get rid of the cold I'm fighting which I think now isn't so much a cold but some sort of allergic reaction to not sleeping enough. I realize that is not a medical diagnosis, and I apologize for that. Part of the struggle is that the rotation was designed to be every 4th night overnight, but one of the other residents just had a baby, and so the way the program compensated was to just make the rest of us work longer hours. I don't begrudge someone for having a baby, of course. But how a medical program-- that knows exactly what pregnancy and having a baby involves, because of the work we do-- can make it so difficult for someone to have a baby is really absurd. They don't get maternity leave at all-- they have to use vacation time. And if there's no one who's able to cover-- if the two extra "swing" people at any given time are already being used for something else-- the other residents just have to make up the slack. As if the hours weren't too long already. All it does is force us to resent the person who had a baby, which isn't fair. Not that it's a walk in the park for her either-- so now she has no vacation time for the next year, after a phenomenally generous 4 weeks off to spend with the baby. Because why would a new mother need any days off for the next year? And she goes right back into an every-4th-night-overnight rotation herself, two weeks from now. Fortunately, outpatient clinic time returns tomorrow, and even though most of my colleagues find outpatient clinic time to be insanely boring, at least it lets us have some tiny semblance of a life. Next year's schedules being released on Friday-- something terrifying to look forward to! Yay!
Posted by Anon MD at 3:32 AM