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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:775
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Hours in training? Never really thought about it, mainly because it was never an issue. About 5500 hours? Sound about right, for the first year at least? Probably: about 90 on a good week; 120 or more with the weekend on call; and let's just ignore the really bad weeks, when one's co-resident on a pair of wards was off on holiday: weeks that, however dire, could at least never go beyond 168.

    Not sure about the training, though. For …

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