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Which Residents Work the Hardest?

No one will ever agree on which residency is the hardest, or which residents work the most. However, with some new data from the FREIDA website, we get a better idea than ever before.  (For more information about the FREIDA website, read my previous article) FREIDA reports diverse variables about each specialty including the average of numbers worked per week, the average number of days off per week, and the average vacation time of each specialty.  I have compiled these into one database so that for THE FIRST TIME EVER you can compare objectively which residencies work the hardest.  (Well, at least you can compare which work the longest).

The first figure demonstrates the average number of hours worked by each specialty. As expected, the surgical sub-specialties work the longest hours with neurosurgery leading the pack and general surgery following closely in second.  Of the medical specialties, suprisingly, neurology works the most hours, with pediatrics and internal medicine following close behind. And at the bottom of the list… you guessed it, Dermatology. I wish I loved skin!

The results of the average number of days off per week and the average vacation time during residency follows closely with the trend seen in the graph above. For your viewing pleasure I have the entire compiled dataset posted below.  

 

 

 

 

 

Hours worked per week

Days off per week

Vacation weeks per year

Dermatology

45.0

1.9

3.3

Nuclear Medicine

47.4

1.8

3.5

Medical Genetics

48.2

1.7

3.4

Radiation Oncology

50.0

1.9

3.4

Pathology

51.4

1.8

3.3

Ophthalmology

51.8

1.6

3.3

Radiology

51.8

1.7

3.5

PM&R

54.2

1.6

3.4

Psychiatry

55.7

1.5

3.3

Emergency Medicine

56.6

1.6

3.3

Transitional Year

60.5

1.3

3.1

Colon and Rectal Surgery

61.3

1.4

3.3

Anesthesiology

61.5

1.6

3.4

Family Medicine

62.8

1.3

3.1

Internal Medicine

63.7

1.2

3.4

Pediatrics

64.2

1.3

3.4

Neurology

64.6

1.3

3.4

Urology

66.0

1.3

3.4

Otolaryngology

67.7

1.2

3.1

Orthopaedic Surgery

69.6

1.3

3.1

Obstetrics and Gynecology

70.8

1.3

3.2

Plastic Surgery

71.2

1.2

3.0

Vascular Surgery

72.0

1.2

3.1

Thoracic Surgery

73.0

1.1

3.2

General Surgery

75.1

1.1

3.1

Neurological Surgery

75.6

1.2

3.1

 

 

1 comment

  1. Garfield Parker

    Quite a useful website. Glad i stumbled across it

     

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