Call obligations are relatively infrequent owing to the larger number of residents in training, and all call responsibilities are in-house only. The resident call pool is broken down into two groups: junior residents (long call) and senior residents (short call). We currently use a night float call system for long call. Long call responsibilities are comprised of consecutive nights of call. Junior residents (R2s) perform night float rotations during their 2nd year of residency. Friday and Saturday short and long call responsibilities are covered by additional residents outside of the call float schedule.
The junior residents' responsibilities consist primarily of interpretation of plain film radiographs, head and spine CTs, and emergency room films. Senior (R3s and R4s) residents take in-house call until 10:00 pm and can go home when they've finished reading their cases. They then serve as back-up for the rest of the night for the junior resident on call. The senior residents' responsibilities include the more complex imaging modalities such as ultrasound, abdominal CTs, MRI and performing (non-angiographic) interventional procedures (drainages/lumbar punctures). In addition to the two residents on call each night, there are additional interventional and neurointerventional residents on call who are responsible for performing on-call angiographic studies and interventional procedures.
Over the course of their training, residents will complete a total of 13 weeks worth of call. For specific policies regarding call duty hours, please refer to the Supervision and Duty Hours page.