In the years to come, there will doubtless be a special
place in medical history for the "in-between"
residents, for those who experienced both the final days
of the century-old tradition of working grueling 36-hour
shifts and the beginning of the modern era of 80-hour workweeks.
Chris Sonnenday, a fourth-year resident in general surgery,
will be among those telling war stories. He finished the
first three years of his residency in 2000, followed up
with a three-year research fellowship, and exchanged his
lab coat for green scrubs again on July 1.
Duty hours are fewer now, but general
surgery resident Chris Sonnenday says he's not rejoicing.