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Call Responsibilities

Call obligations for the first 3 years of training in Diagnostic Radiology 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 (R3) 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).

R4 and R5 IR-Integrated residents will be responsible for taking IR call every 4th night, with no in-house call.  An attending physician is always assigned to the resident, whether on call or during regular business hours.  The on-call resident is expected to stay until they have finished their daily clinic duties.  If the resident is called in to perform a procedure with the attending physician during the night, the resident is not required to come in the next day and can stay home for a minimum of 10 hours. 

For specific policies regarding call duty hours, please refer to the Supervision and Duty Hours page.