overworked dedicated husband is currently halfway through what is called "The Intensive Study Period." (enter menacing sound effects here)
After classes wrapped up during the first week of May, the second year medical students are given a five week "break" from school, in order to dedicate their time to studying for their first set of medical licensing boards. Basically, this is major crunch time for all MS2 students everywhere. The Step 1 scores carry a ton of weight for how residency programs review their prospectives for granting interviews. Saying that this is potentially the most important test that medical students take is probably not too far-fetched.
This is my husband's schedule everyday, as it has been for the last two and a half weeks, and will continue to be for the following three weeks.
6:45am: Wake up. Accept coffee. Sit down at desk.
11:00pm: Fall into bed.
(I wish that was more of an exaggeration than it is).
Quite literally, I leave, and my husband is at his desk. I come home, and he is still at his desk. I inquire if he has moved at all during my absence. He will look at me, ponder the question, and reply, "I think I got some water a while ago."
That's what 13-16 hours of studying every day will do to a person. It's called intense for a reason, folks. Intense for a reason.