I really don't have much to say. I went to work on Monday and the doctors from the New Years Rotation were shocked to see me there. One of the doctors wanted to send me home almost immediately. Since I was already there and had gotten up at 6 a.m., I stayed.
The day was a busy one. I was sent from one task to another, one blood draw after another (some patients twice), one phone call after another.....
The doctors had all agreed to get the work that had to be done, done in a timely fashion. This meant that I was out of the hospital around 2 and was told not to show up for the rest of the week. (I would have came Tuesday and Friday but I'm also not going to beg them for that....I can handle a few days off of work. Gives me the opportunity to study.)
New Years was rather relaxed. I had dinner and watched a movie with two friends and watched the fireworks at midnight being lit on the streets.
I also booked my first vacation in the mean time. Stay tuned to find out where it is I am heading in February for 9 days.
When my dad heard I had booked my vacation, he insinuated that interns now a days have a much more relaxed life style.
I won't argue with him that getting paid nowadays is a fabulous improvement opposed to back then. I also really can't complain about my work environment which might allow me to leave work earlier (I usually end up staying anyways). However, I still work a 40+ week for minimal pay (its pitiful when calculated on the hour). Also, its really all about optimizing the time and money you do have. I don't fly direct because layovers are cheaper and I spend a lot of time looking for the right flight that incorporates weekends or holidays so I don't lose vacation days.
Over the many years of looking for and booking flights (in the meantime not just my own but have become somewhat of a personal travel agent for family members) I've developed my system of finding just the right flight.
I'll be working the weekend shift before I leave which gives me Monday-Wednesday off.....3 less vacation days used!
I hope everyone had a good holiday season and had fun over New Years. Now its back to the real world tomorrow!