On the late shift

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

“Nighthawks,” Ed­ward Hop­per’s fa­mous 1942 paint­ing, has been the sub­ject of nu­mer­ous trib­utes and par­o­dies. “Simp­sons” char­ac­ters, su­per­heroes and the “Star Trek” cast have all taken a seat at Hop­per’s all-night diner. This month’s med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion-themed is­sue of JAMA pays homage to the clas­sic scene with an il­lus­tra­tion de­pict­ing night-shift res­i­dents work­ing at 2:40 a.m.

“The idea be­hind this im­age was to con­vey the lone­li­ness of be­ing on call in the mid­dle of the night, which I be­lieve is anal­o­gous to the lone­li­ness con­veyed in the iconic Hop­per paint­ing,” said Dr. Robert Golub, JAMA deputy ed­i­tor. He added that the graphic wasn’t meant to specif­i­cally il­lus­trate the is­sue’s stud­ies and ed­i­to­rial on med­i­cal res­i­dents’ 80-hour work­week, but he noted how the paint­ing “clearly is rel­e­vant” to the sub­ject.

Golub de­signed the il­lus­tra­tion, which was cre­ated by Dr. Ali­son E. Burke and Cas­sio Lynm, both med­i­cal il­lus­tra­tors.

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