In order to compare things fairly, it is probably best to talk about this in terms of percentage of shifts worked that are weekends, because some places count their weekends differently.
What percentage of your department’s shifts each week are considered “weekend” shifts? Then, what percentage of each doc’s shifts are “weekend” shifts? That is likely a more accurate comparison. If a department considers Friday shifts to be “weekend” shifts, then of course those docs that work there will work more weekend shifts than someone that works in a department where Friday shifts are considered weekday shifts, although that would be an unfair comparison, would it not?
We have 49 shifts/week in our ED and 19 of them are “weekends” — all Saturday, all Sunday, and everything except the Friday morning shift — thus we have 39% of our shifts that are weekends. Thus, our docs work 39% of their shifts as weekend shifts too, based on how many shifts they do per month. So, if you work 13 shifts, 5.1 are weekends.
If we didn’t count Fridays at all, then we would have 14/49 that are weekends — or essentially 29%. In that scenario, a person that works 13 shifts would only work 3.7 weekend shifts on average.
Percentages probably tell the story better than total number of shifts.
> On Jul 13, 2016, at 11:58 AM, Doc Holiday <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A reminder of how massively different EM lifestyles are on either side of the Atlantic - in this, as well as in many other aspects - despite treating the same conditions (mostly)...
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> I never answered this question.
> My docs average probably about 3.5 weekend DAYS TOTAL (Not weekends) per month, some times 2 or 3, some times 4, rarely 5. Mostly about 3 total weekend days which seems to be lower or on the lower end of responses.
> Varies month by month the actual days or grouping depending on everyone's requests, vacations, family events etc...
> We don't count Friday pm as weekend, and that is consistent with most responses I got.
> Todd Z
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