“We tend to be traditionalists and one of the things that’s changed in the last couple of years where some of the older doctors who went through the older system, there was unlimited work hours, you could put in a 120 hours a week during residency and that was sort of the tradition, like it was residency/internship, it was just hard and you spend a lot of time and with very little sleep and unfortunately errors could be made and people can suffer from it. So things have changed in that regard. Where now there’s 80 hour work week limits and you have to go home if you spent over night in the hospital by noon the next day. So the challenge to that is, a lot of us who trained before that happened, said, well there was so many things I saw even though I was tired or still following up with the patient that I saw that day. There’s something, maybe you’re losing education, or you’re losing learning, or you’re losing some information, if you only have an 80 hour work week and you get to go home, because then what happens once you leave residency? There is no such thing as a restriction on your work hours, are going to be prepared to do unlimited hours once you get into practice. Are going to be able to do that? And residency, should it be harder? Some people say, well, it’s not work when you’re a resident, those are learning hours lost, not work hours cut. It’s an interesting way of perceiving it, but I think that that’s true to a certain extent. I don’t think people should be exhausted and tired and so tired that they crash their car and get killed on the way home from the hospital, provisions need to be made for that. But I think there’s a lot to learn in a surgical specialty and five-year seems like a long time, but you just can’t possibly learn it all, and cutting the work hours by third or something like that may not make you a better doctor. And they’ve looked into it they’ve researched it and tried to see is limiting work hours and making sure there’s more protected time for studies, is that improving the scores on these, what they call a training exams, that you take throughout residency and there’s no evidence that it has really significantly impact a resident’s ability to learn more by going home and being less tired, that hasn’t and quite shown. So it’s a very controversial topic and they’re trying different things. But right now, I think we’re going to be stuck with this 80 hour work week, but I don’t know if that’s staying. It doesn’t happen often, but when you’re in practice and you’re on call, and it’s just one of those days where it’s non-stop from morning til night, where you need to be able to roll with it and keep going. You go into the field knowing what to expect and it’s not an easy process, and it should be a difficult process, you have a lot of responsibility.”