For the past 2 weeks I have been on call overnight and to put it lightly, it has been brutal. Fellow call, unlike resident call, can be taken from home, but some nights it seems almost as though it would be easier to just stay at the hospital. My pager typically starts going off at 5:01 pm and does not stop until sometime after midnight. Nightly, I have been averaging a record number of admissions, consults, outpatient calls, and enough inpatient issues to keep me awake stalking labs and vitals until the early morning, just in time to get the critical lab calls from nursing.
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