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Are doctors able to take vacations?

I want to be a pediatric oncologist but I also want to travel and see the world, is this still possible? Thanks! #medicine #pediatriconcology #doctor #vacation

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Michael’s Answer

Hello Heather, seems you already have a few answers here so I will speak to what that looks like. When my PCP (primary care physician) has his own practice and I chat with him a lot. In this area where you have your own practice you would simply not book patients during the time of your vacation for a week or two. He still has his phone on him for emergencies and continues to pay his staff as they are salary based so while you may be able to do vacations every other week you won't make much $$$.

In a group situation or a hospital, doctors work just like any other person. They request time off and are able to do it as long as the group or hospital has the minimum number of doctors available. Your patients will be covered by another doctor during that time. Emergencies like bereavement or you being sick are tough though as someone may really be waiting to see you only to be told to wait a week due to your personal reasons so it can be stressful but necessary sometimes.
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Naiara’s Answer

Yes, yes, and yes. Medicine is known as the career of "delayed gratification". It will take you 4 years of hard work, studying, and tons of dedication to get through medical school. During your residency, you will be busy but will have 3-4 weeks of vacation a year. Once you finish your training, you can practice as you please. Everyone has different priorities, but definitely work-life balance can be achieved, eventually :)
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Richard’s Answer

Yes. Most physicians are in a group practice and cover for each other during vacation weeks.
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