The call schedule is flexible and created by the residents themselves; it is not a rigid "q-day" system. Residents can work together as a class to choose call shifts that fit within their personal and rotation schedules. A "night float" system is in place from 7pm - 7am. Residents spend two to three, two-week blocks on night float per year. Additional call responsibilities vary by class, with an average of one call shift per month for interns and two call shifts per month for senior residents. During the third year of training, our residents complete four to six weeks of overnight call from home, helping precept admissions from our night float team. Besides this responsibility, our third-year residents also complete five weekends of call, rounding on patients in the hospital.
Our inpatient medicine service is covered by two teams:
- A morning team from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. comprised of three senior residents and two first year residents who round on an in-patient service and complete a maximum of seven admissions.
- A night float team from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. comprised of one senior resident and one first year resident who answer floor calls, respond to answering service calls, and complete a maximum of seven admissions as well.
Call rooms, an exercise room, and a lounge with workspaces, food, drinks, and a TV are available to residents on a dedicated floor separate from our patient care areas.