After a Mexican blog posted a picture of a medical student sleeping behind a desk at a hospital in Monterrey, Mexico, and attacked her for not doing her job. Doctors around the world leaped to the defense of this medical schooling victim by posting pictures of themselves caught sleeping at work during some of their most grueling shifts. These images are going viral under the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi (“I've also fallen asleep” in Spanish). Mind you, not only working as a doctor is a particularly demanding job, but they also have to undergo laborious medical studies, often asking the aspiring doctor to live the student life for up to 7 years.

In the 1980s, a high-profile case involving the death of a girl named Libby Zion at a hospital staffed by exhausted doctors led to the drafting of the Libby Zion Law. This law limits NY physicians' work hours per week to “only” 80, showing just how overworked some of our doctors are. Comparing that to the usual 40 working hours per week and doing the math, it seems like the doctors, who are so often responsible for people's lives, have to work practically without any rest or sleep.

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A blogger snapped these pics of a sleeping resident in Mexico at 3 a.m.

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The writer criticized the young resident, saying that "doctors are obliged to do their work"

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There were "dozens of patients who need care," the blogger continued

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Mexican doctor Juan Carlos responded by posting a tweet with the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi (or “I've also fallen asleep”)

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Soon, hundreds of other doctors began defending the resident

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Doctors around the world are often severely overworked

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Some doctors work 36-hour shifts or 80-hour work weeks!

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"We are people, not machines"

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#1

After A 24 Hour Day Of Duty

After A 24 Hour Day Of Duty

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RicciWalker
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5 years ago

Until you've done the job DO NOT pass judgment.

AliciaToni-Louise
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5 years ago

agreed! this is a very stressful job! i lives are in their hands daily i am surprised they can sleep at all! give em a break! they are human

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ShekimaMiller
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5 years ago

Im a nurse and fall asleep all the time... It's an exhausting career. Don't talk unless you've walked a day in our work lives.

EmilyGrimes
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5 years ago

Or at least one 36 hour shift.

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KellyCurlee
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5 years ago

If I have to have an overworked Dr care for me, I want the one who had the power nap.

AngeloDeGuzman
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5 years ago

Right on http://juan.com.ph/culture/8599/?fb_comment_id=fbc_925689440807550_926573760719118_926573760719118#feee317a

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CathrynPope
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5 years ago

In my nursing school class we had an exercise in relaxation and focus. 92 people went to sleep. Yes, it can, and does happen.

AliciaAdams
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5 years ago

I would much prefer to have a doc who has had a power nap than one who hasn't! In fact, 20-minute power naps should be mandatory!

AngeloDeGuzman
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5 years ago

Agree http://juan.com.ph/culture/8599/?fb_comment_id=fbc_925689440807550_926573760719118_926573760719118#feee317a

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CristinaErhan
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5 years ago

All of them are humans!!!!! We have to respect them!!!! They are doing all their best to save us!!!! Yes!!!! They must rest a little !!!!

LoriBrandon
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5 years ago

It's ridiculous to think anyone could stay awake or alert when working like docs & residents work. As a Narcoleptic, I can relate.

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IvanJeromeVanPerreIII
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5 years ago

If people needed medical attention, why didn't the waste of life blogger wake up the resident instead of taking pictures of her sleeping?

AngeloDeGuzman
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5 years ago

True http://juan.com.ph/culture/8599/?fb_comment_id=fbc_925689440807550_926573760719118_926573760719118#feee317a

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LateshaBrown
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5 years ago

I love it...im a nurse and i wanna curl up at work sometimes too

KhanKhan
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5 years ago

I am a doctor and I've chosen everyone else's needs above mine. Nice attempt to shame me for my exhaustion from serving others! Touché!

EvangelineNoelle
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5 years ago

Let them sleep! Their job is is incredibly demanding and the human mind/body works best with proper rest. Doctors orders:)

PippaDavis-West
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5 years ago

I work nights and there are some nights we don't get s break so when we do get time is it not better to be rested than overworked & exhauste

LisaAbbott
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5 years ago

My sister was in ICU for a long period of time while I was studying for my exam in year 12. After doing a ridiculously long shift the ICU doctor sat with me to help me study for my psychology exam. I will never forget her. Doctors in hospitals do an amazing job with limited resources. Who is anyone to judge them for napping. That small sleep might be the one thing that helps them to save the next person's life.

JessicaHarmon
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5 years ago

As a nurse we call doctors at all hours day and night for issues regarding clients/ residents.Walk in their shoes before passing judgment.

RodSweis
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5 years ago

The guy that posted the original pic must not get nap breaks at his window squeegee job.

KimKelly
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5 years ago

I think the blogger is not only ignorant but extremely rude and inappropriate. They should blog off!

MarianneLaursen
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5 years ago

so much preffer doc s to take a nap when they are tirred , than giving me wrong meds or answers cause they have already worked for 30 hours..... let them sleep, better they take a nap than giving wrong meds or dianosis, cause we all know they are overworked...

DianaCovell
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5 years ago

I would rather they sleep than try to work on a patient when they can't even keep their eyes open

fracchems
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5 years ago

It's really easy for someone working 40 hours a week ( if they even have a job ) to criticize

LidijaMalkic
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5 years ago

I know that DR's are humans and the their bosses need to know that to, so theirs hours be looking to it and for god sake, have compassion

MercedesSt.Hilaire
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5 years ago

They are NOT the only ones taking care of the patient. Humans sleep- they are human. Do you want a sleep deprived MD ? No!

ShannonSalzwedel
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5 years ago

My doc slept in the room next to me prior to delivering our son. And I was glad he did, so he could be there for me 100% when I needed him.

NickDavies
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5 years ago

Doctors are human we all make mistakes theirs are just more visible . Let he she who has no sin cast the first stone !!!!!!!?

MarcosZeveAzevedo
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5 years ago

Me between two facial trauma surgeries (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/947034_10200

MarcosZeveAzevedo
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5 years ago

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RoseKalanuk-Campbell
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5 years ago

I think I'd rather have a doc that has maybe grabbed a few min./1/2 hr./hrs. nap than one who is so totally exhausted he/she can't function. I am sure they are not alone in the hosp. so while they are grabbing some zzzz's there are surely other medical personnel available to call them in an emergency....geez people...they're not robots...

OllyOxinfrei
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5 years ago

I'm a nurse and I've been known to take a power nap during my breaks. Why not? No one works nonstop all day, every day, for 12-14 hours.

MarianneLaursen
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5 years ago

leave them alone.... much preffer they take a nap when they need it , than having wrong meds or worst cause they are tirred from 30 hours work before they see me.....

MelissaPope
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5 years ago

I work night shift up to 50 60 hours a week its grilling a nap to refresh u so u can do ur job what's the harm..

SergeySazonov
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5 years ago

Doctors are not machines to work 100 hours per week

Alexis Karraker
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1 year ago

Hence why the preference of profession is a great match. I can go a long time without sleep, mainly because I hardly have a choice with intermittent insomnia.

Susanne Teßmer
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3 years ago

So was!

Ada Loredo
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3 years ago

Esa es la realidad d tds los q abrazamos la medicina y juramos el JURAMENTO DE HIPOCRATE"

Steven Scheeler
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3 years ago

Even my website http://www.helpusleep.com can't help a doctor who has been up all night.

Чимита Батоцыренова
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4 years ago

C prazdnicom, dorogie doctora

EsterDiazArana
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5 years ago

No tengo problema en que duerman siempre y cuando ya hayan cumplido con la ronda y atendido a los pacientes.. que duerman para relajarse y pensar bien en lo que hacen...

MelissaRedmond
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5 years ago

When my dad was in med school, one of the first survival skills he attained was being able to catnap anywhere, standing up, leaning against a wall. Doctors have always caught naps where ever they can.

MelissaRedmond
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5 years ago

When my dad was in med school, one of the first survival skill he attained was the ability to cat nap, standing up, leaning against a wall. Doctors have always caught naps where they can.

JoniMueller
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5 years ago

If I need a doctor, I want one that has had a chance to rest enough to do the best possible job for me. Nap when you get a chance, I don't want a zombie dr.

ErinGibbins
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5 years ago

I'm feeling very tired right now, but i cant even imagine how i would feel after working so hard for so many hours in a job that requires such concentration. i just want to put blankets over them.

Shiquita-ShellyHutchinson
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5 years ago

I can't speak for anyone else but I hope that my Dr. gets lots of sleep when and wherever he can.. Lack of sleep interferes with so many things like the ability to concentrate, So people get over it... Rest on ;)

JulietMunhenga
Community Member
5 years ago

They are human beings just like all of us , they work long hrs , give them a break , don't you have somethings else better to do than posting this .

JulietMunhenga
Community Member
5 years ago

They are human beings just like everyone else , they are not machines designed to keep on moving 24/7 they work long hrs while some of you who sre passing judgments sleep in your beds and collect unemployment, on welfare you name it , give these doctors a break .

OllieBenson
Community Member
5 years ago

I think if they have a duty they should do it. what if other public services where asleep on the job. If you dont like the job dont do it.

JessicaMastrapa
Community Member
5 years ago

Mr Ollie Benson, if they choose medicine is obviously because they like the job, as they make it pretty hard and long to get the degree in the first place. As an MD going through intern year, believe me, I can relate, and yes, we do our duties, which include Do No Harm first, and if your body is telling you to get a power nap, you do it! You would want the Dr with the power nap to treat you, not the sleep deprived one! WE ARE HUMANS, NOT MACHINES

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WendyDonnelly
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5 years ago

Ok, this one's funny - an entire class falling asleep I think not!

ElizabethMontgomery
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5 years ago

I see on head up in back on the right :-) lol

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MarcSpiteri
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5 years ago

Their audacity to comment clearly shows they didn't have to bust their chops enough at uni or their job doesn't entail much sacrifice

MarcSpiteri
Community Member
5 years ago

These doctors didn't chose a job. They chose a calling and it takes a lot out of them personally, and their families and relationships.

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CameronWeckerley
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5 years ago

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Doctors are sooooo overpaid it kind of hard to fell sorry for themm

OllyOxinfrei
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5 years ago

Do you have any clue what kind of student loans they have? They are not paid ENOUGH. Now politicians...there's some gross overpayment if you want to complain about someone.

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#2

Tired After 36 Hours Of No Sleep

Tired After 36 Hours Of No Sleep

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JanicePullen
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5 years ago

I wish I had pictures of me in full chemical warfare gear, snoring through a gas mask, under a desk. Awaiting triage patients.

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#3

I Am Also Sleeping

I Am Also Sleeping

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ChristyCummings
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5 years ago

As long as they don't fall asleep during a procedure they need to sleep when & where they can

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#4

After First Successful Heart Transplant In Poland

After First Successful Heart Transplant In Poland

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TiberiuNitu
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5 years ago

one of the most epic pictures

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#5

Only Those Who Are Doctors Understand This

Only Those Who Are Doctors Understand This

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DianaParker
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5 years ago

As a nurse I see how hard our Dr.s work and the long hours. They are entitled to rest to be on top of their game when needed...shame on the

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#6

I Am Also Sleeping

I Am Also Sleeping

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JunkaMihova
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5 years ago

I think the blogger should admire the medical resident of resting at work, not going home, in order to be available, instead of criticizing

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#7

Inside The Ambulance Returning To Base Camp After A Succesful Management Of A Cardiac Arrest...

Inside The Ambulance Returning To Base Camp After A Succesful Management Of A Cardiac Arrest...

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ballase
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5 years ago

God bless every one of them

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#8

Same In France !

Same In France !

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MaryCollins
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5 years ago

My Sister is an ER Nurse and she has worked well past her shift many times. F877K that blogger!

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#9

Let Tired Doctors Rest. They're People Too.

Let Tired Doctors Rest. They're People Too.

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#10

2am Nap

2am Nap

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Dr-GaurabJana
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5 years ago

This is really sad to see, how doctors have to take rest.

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#11

After A Hard Birth :) Midwife Sleeping :))

After A Hard Birth :) Midwife Sleeping :))

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ElmerCahilog
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5 years ago

the reflection on the window. haha!

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#12

Planking..doctor Style

Planking..doctor Style

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MercedesSt.Hilaire
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5 years ago

Poor thing!

#13

Taking A Nap After 40 Hours Duty. Georgia

Taking A Nap After 40 Hours Duty. Georgia

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TalaLakota
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5 years ago

that looks like a sketch pad! what's inside?!

#14

Sleeping At 10am

Sleeping At 10am

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#15

We Aren't Robots, Or Machines We Feel Just As Everyone Else Does.

We Aren't Robots, Or Machines We Feel Just As Everyone Else Does.

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SianaeByles
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5 years ago

I like this one, makes you think about how not only do they ALL work long hours but they can also be called in randomly from resting at home

#16

Purposely Looked At Images In A Lit Room To Try To Avoid This But Still Fell Asleep.

Purposely Looked At Images In A Lit Room To Try To Avoid This But Still Fell Asleep.

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#17

She Came Home From A 24 Hour Shift And Couldn't Even Make It To Here Bedroom.

She Came Home From A 24 Hour Shift And Couldn't Even Make It To Here Bedroom.

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5 years ago

*HER

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:)

:)

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#19

Israel

Israel

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#20

Speedvet

Speedvet

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Rism
Community Member
5 years ago

Awww

#21

We Take Naps To Reenergize

We Take Naps To Reenergize

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#22

Nghe An 2014, Operation Smile

Nghe An 2014, Operation Smile

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Rism
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5 years ago

The plush toy is cute :3

#23

Zzz

Zzz

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#24

2 Decker

2 Decker

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LisaMorrill
Community Member
5 years ago

Those are some tired ladies

#25

Even Dr. Ken Needs A Break.... @ New Orleans Podiatry Associates

Even Dr. Ken Needs A Break.... @ New Orleans Podiatry Associates

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5 years ago

Even Dr Ken needs a break.. # Working hard @New Orleans Podiatry Associates.

#26

S/p - Sitting Position

S/p - Sitting Position

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PJParejo
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5 years ago

Hala Habib Gunting!haha

#27

Right Lateral Decubitus Position

Right Lateral Decubitus Position

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RachelKunde
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5 years ago

Catching some zzz's is the honorable thing to do, rather than pushing oneself beyond the point of exhaustion while caring for other people

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#28

Night Before Exam...

Night Before Exam...

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#29

I Am Not A Machine

I Am Not A Machine

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#30

#medlife

#medlife

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#31

My Son's Friend Energizing...

My Son's Friend Energizing...

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#32

3 Am, On A 36 Hour Shift

3 Am, On A 36 Hour Shift

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Alicia Marie
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3 years ago

Wow long day!

#33

If A Resident Never Fell Asleep, Does Not Deserve To Be A Doctor

If A Resident Never Fell Asleep, Does Not Deserve To Be A Doctor

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WhiteFox
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2 years ago

just making sure our fellow patients are alright too :)

#34

We Are Human, Too.

We Are Human, Too.

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Alicia Marie
Community Member
3 years ago

I like his DC. Fanny pack preeeettty cool

#35

Can't Help It...at A Lecture In Medical School From The Philippines.

Can't Help It...at A Lecture In Medical School From The Philippines.

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#36

#yotambienmedormi

#yotambienmedormi

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#37

Before Sunrise !...getting Ready For Morning Presentation

Before Sunrise !...getting Ready For Morning Presentation

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#38

Anywhere Would Do.

Anywhere Would Do.

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#39

Zzzz

Zzzz

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#40

After A Hard Day

After A Hard Day

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#41

Fell Asleep Smack In The Middle Of Post Call Rounds Circa 2011

Fell Asleep Smack In The Middle Of Post Call Rounds Circa 2011

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#42

We Do This For You Health...certainly Not For Ours.

We Do This For You Health...certainly Not For Ours.

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JilianBoyer
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5 years ago

This actually looks fairly comfy. Good job scouting for a sleep spot!

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#43

Three Straight Surgeries.

Three Straight Surgeries.

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#44

Even Student Nurses...

Even Student Nurses...

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WhiteFox
Community Member
2 years ago

how do they all manage to fall asleep like that especially the girl in the far left corner

#45

Even Dentistry Students Need A Break.

Even Dentistry Students Need A Break.

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#46

14 Hours No Ac Working A Dental Mission In The Dominican Republic. #yotambienmedormi

14 Hours No Ac Working A Dental Mission In The Dominican Republic. #yotambienmedormi

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#47

At Least She Gets To Look Sexy While Trying To Get Some Sleep #yotambienmedormi

At Least She Gets To Look Sexy While Trying To Get Some Sleep #yotambienmedormi

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#48

Post 48hrs Oncall

Post 48hrs Oncall

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MumtazSyed
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5 years ago

Hats off to all these hard working over worked doctors, my children are amongst them all three of them. God bless them all!

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#49

Doctors Have Lives Also And Health To Take Care Of..=( #yotambienmedormi

Doctors Have Lives Also And Health To Take Care Of..=( #yotambienmedormi

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#50

#eutambemdormi

#eutambemdormi

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Guilherme Bottossi
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2 years ago

That´s from Brazil?

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#51

Guilty!!!

Guilty!!!

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#52

Nobody's Perfect

Nobody's Perfect

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#53

Trying Not To Fall Asleep At 4am (3rd Call On The Same Week)

Trying Not To Fall Asleep At 4am (3rd Call On The Same Week)

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#54

2 In The Morning After 18 Hours Of Work And Another 12 Left

2 In The Morning After 18 Hours Of Work And Another 12 Left

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NimueAndraste
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5 years ago

.... with extreme exhaustion in her eyes.

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#55

Post-call, In Between Elective Surgeries, And Pre-call To Boot. Good Times.

Post-call, In Between Elective Surgeries, And Pre-call To Boot. Good Times.

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#56

Memories From 1st Year Residency After Being On-call All Night Nonstop

Memories From 1st Year Residency After Being On-call All Night Nonstop

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#57

Lesson After 24h Awake

Lesson After 24h Awake

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#58

After 28 Hrs, Anywhere Is Comfortable. #yotambienmedormi

After 28 Hrs, Anywhere Is Comfortable. #yotambienmedormi

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#59

Re-energizing Myself At 2a.m. In Surgical Emergency (30 Hours On Call)

Re-energizing Myself At 2a.m. In Surgical Emergency (30 Hours On Call)

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WhiteFox
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2 years ago

that actually does work which is really cool

#60

After A 36++ Hour Duty. We Need Sleep Too.

After A 36++ Hour Duty. We Need Sleep Too.

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#61

48-hour Labor Watch

48-hour Labor Watch

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#62

Worked Hard Until Fainted Dehydrated!

Worked Hard Until Fainted Dehydrated!

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WhiteFox
Community Member
2 years ago

hope he's alright :)