As an intern, I was supposed to start my emergency medicine rotation on a Sunday. The schedule listed me as starting at 1PM, so I thought it would okay to make plans for the night before. Specifically, I bought tickets to a Green Day concert for Saturday night.
So you can imagine I wasn't thrilled when I got an email from the rotation director, saying that we were having an orientation Sunday morning at 7:30AM.
That totally sucked for me. But it sucks even worse for the two people who had Sunday as one of their days off. In fact, only one person was actually supposed to be working on Sunday morning, even though we all had to show up at 7:30AM. On a freaking Sunday.
I emailed the director and asked him how long the orientation was going to last because I made plans (to sleep). He replied:
My plan is to done by 900-930h, but we can do the computer training (without many questions) first which takes under an hour, tour the ED, and then do the practice on the computers part last. My experience in the past is that the people who are not beginning an AM shift spend a lot of time practicing on the computers rather than starting their shifts, and those with the day off leave quickly (strange how that works!)
My first thought was, "FUCK YOU!" He's making people come in on their day off and he has the nerve to make a sarcastic quip about how those people want to leave early? Days off are very rare in intern year. I assume this guy did a residency and went through the same shit we have to, but maybe he'd just forgotten. Or maybe he was just insensitive.
Anyway, it turned out that having me come in at 7:30AM then start my shift that afternoon and work all night violated some sort of ACGME rule, so he ended up switching me to the day shift on Sunday. I spent a very long time practicing on the computers.