Orlando, FL – Recently, an oncologist (cancer doctor) from New York City was tired of his job and looking for a fresh start. He searched all over the country and thought he had found the perfect position in Florida. He was in for quite a surprise, however, when he realized he forgot to read the actual job title, which was for an On-Call-ogist.
“I thought I was going to be living the dream here in sunny Florida,” said Dr. Al Waysoncal. “I saw the pay and I saw the location, and figured hey, that sounds great for an oncologist! It wasn’t until I started working and was getting hammer-paged constantly that I realized I had made a grave mistake. Apparently, I’m an On-Call-ogist! I didn’t even know that was a thing!”
According to Dr. Waysoncal, he is on call 30 hours a day, 8 days a week for 400 days a year. He says he’s done the math and it somehow checks out. He averages about 9,000 calls a week, and is apparently on call for just about anything. “In addition to every field in medicine, I’ve answered calls for electricians, plumbers, sex workers, really just about anything you can think of,” he said.
Dr. Waysoncal says he is pretty much a one person call center but for mostly high-level doctor stuff. “I guess it’s not that much worse than some of my colleagues. Does my job suck? Absolutely. But do I love it? Not really. So see, it’s not that bad.”
White Coat Weekly will continue to follow this amazing story. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to page Dr. Al Waysoncal.