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Is emergency medicine the only docs in medicine that work night shifts/weekends?
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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
There are many doctors besides emergency medicine specialists that work night shifts and weekends.
For example, many family medicine practices are open and have coverage on weekends. There is also usually a specialist on call for certain circumstances. For instance, if a patient comes to the er with a broken bone, an orthopedic specialist will often come in and take care of that person.

In brief: No
There are many doctors besides emergency medicine specialists that work night shifts and weekends.
For example, many family medicine practices are open and have coverage on weekends. There is also usually a specialist on call for certain circumstances. For instance, if a patient comes to the er with a broken bone, an orthopedic specialist will often come in and take care of that person.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Kevin Meyer
Actually, the ER doc will manage the broken bone and send the patient to the ortho in a few days.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Almost every specialty works nights and weekends and others come in emergencies.
Some (but not all) of the specialties that work many nights/weekends in addition to em are hospital medicine, internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, ob/gyn, general surgery, trauma surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology, pulmonary/critical care, gastroenterology, and neurology.

In brief: No
Almost every specialty works nights and weekends and others come in emergencies.
Some (but not all) of the specialties that work many nights/weekends in addition to em are hospital medicine, internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, ob/gyn, general surgery, trauma surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology, pulmonary/critical care, gastroenterology, and neurology.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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