Wednesday, October 25, 2006

We Hit the Whatever Is the Opposite of the Lottery, Where You Lose Lots of Money

The medical community has many traditions, some which make sense and some that don't. For all of his good fortune (having a loving and mind-numbingly beautiful spouse, the world's most perfect baby, etc.) Dr. SOB seems to only have bad luck when it comes to professional things. You may remember me talking about the match. Well, now he's been delivered another blow. Upon completion of a residency program, new doctors are required to take board exams to prove that you actually learned something during their residency. In anesthesia, this is divided into two parts: written and oral. All over the country, everyone takes the written portion of the exam on the same day. But for some reason, the oral part is scheduled for two separate days, one in April and one in October. Well, Dr. got randomly selected, by lottery, to take his oral boards in October. The main point of suckage is that when he goes to get a job in July, it's perfectly legal for him to get paid less than the guy who took the boards in April, because that guy is a board certified anesthesiologist and Dr. SOB is not. Not until October, at least. This sucks to the tune of anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 in pay difference between him and that guy. The only way you can appeal is if you have a religious observance, so if anyone knows of major religious celebrations/occurrences scheduled for the first week of October 2007, we'd be more than happy to convert!

I said oral. Hee!

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super des said...

Turn Jewish. They have all sorts of holidays in October.

Valerie & Quang said...

So sorry. But at least you were able to say oral quite a few times in the post!

Susan said...

Maybe you could join the church of "Just Quit Being An Asswipe And Pay Him What He's Worth Already". I hear they celebrate like mad during the first week of October. I'm sure they're in the yellow pages. (Does anyone use the yellow pages anymore?)

Susan said...

Hey, the NJ State Board of Education has resolved that the following holidays are "absense worthy" for students:

-October 2: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) (Jewish)
-October 2:Day of Atonement (World Wide Church of God, UnitedChurch of God and Global Church of God)
-October 7 – 8: Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) (Jewish)
-October 7 -13: First Day through Seventh Day Feast of Tabernacles (World Wide Church of God, United Church of God and Global Church of God)
-October 14: Last Great Day (World Wide Church of God, United Church of God and Global Church of God)
-October 14: Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Sukkot) (Jewish)
-October 15: Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Law) (Jewish)
-October 20: Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
-October 20: Joint-Sovereignty of Guru Granth and Guru Panth declared to Guide the Sikh people
-October 20: Guruship of Guru Granth Sahib ji declared by 10th Guru (Sikh)
-October 20 - 23: Deepavali (Hindu)
-October 24: Eid-ul-Fitr (Last Day of Ramadan) (Islamic)
-October 31: Reformation Day (Protestant, Lutheran)

At least you've got options!

Amy Jo said...


Thanks for all of the help ladies!

Susan - you are very very thoughtful, and thorough!