“What’s a Golden Weekend?” you ask. Let’s play a game.
- It consists of 48 hours of time away from work.
- Saturday and Sunday are the typical days included in the Golden Weekend.
- Many people look forward to the Golden Weekend all week long, every week.
- Medical students and residents look forward to — and receive — the Golden Weekend only once per month, on average.
- A Golden Weekend is a weekend that most “regular people” experience, on average, four times per month.
- The Golden Weekend can be used for short-term travel, bar-hopping, hiking, or just lounging around the house and sleeping.
The “Golden Weekend” is a term coined by residents. It typically refers to the weekend in which you have both Saturday and Sunday free from all clinical duties. Since many residents only get one weekend per month completely free from the hospital, the term is derived from the notion that “it feels golden to have your entire weekend off.”
Only in medicine.