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Your Work Hours And Stress


Urgent Care:

Wake up at 9 am, make my coffee, read in bed for a little and journal. Get int the shower around 10:30 am and then walk over to the coffee shop or gym for a bit. Head into work around a little after 12 pm, without any traffic. Get into work around 12:30 pm and get settled into my workstation. Check emails, check some results, and start seeing patients by 1 pm. Take a break somewhere around 5-6 pm and enjoy a walk or a dinner. Work will be done somewhere around 10-11 pm. Get home around 11:15 pm and shower and get into bed. Maybe watch a little Netflix or read before falling asleep.

Family Medicine:

Fight the traffic and get into work around 7:45 am. Get settled in and start seeing patients by 8:15 am. Work through lunch because patients are booked and you run behind. See patients until 5:30 pm and finish charting by 6 pm, just in time for a little more traffic home. You get done at 6:40 pm and know the gym is way too packed and you are too hungry and winding down. So you shower, make dinner, and now at nearly 9 pm you need to start getting ready for bed. You fix yourself some food for tomorrow and do some paperwork and


Yes, this another shameless plug for urgent care. I find the hours of family medicine to be problematic for both doctors and patients. Case in point, my dentist. She works from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Well, her patients complain that they usually have to take a good part of the day off to see her. So why do docs and dentists have these hours? I guess it’s the lifestyle they prefer to have. But what about the stress? Not getting enough sleep, rushing through traffic, missing out on having your mornings to yourself, and going to the gym when it’s packed. These are the side effects of a job that’s from 8-5 pm.

The other thing I like about urgent care is being able to trade shifts easily. You got a weekend you want to be off? Just send a mass text/email and someone is likely willing to trade with you. Or if you want to pick up a shift and only want to work 2 hours, no problem.

I can see how it might be tough for someone with a family and a social life to want to work afternoon/evenings along with a few weekends a month. I suppose that is the toughest hurdle with switching to urgent care.

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