Providing residents with a sound academic and clinical education is carefully planned and balanced with concerns for patient safety and resident well-being. On-call (duty-hour) assignments recognize that faculty and residents collectively have responsibility for the safety and welfare of patients.
Duty hours are defined as all clinical and academic activities related to the residency program, ie, patient care (both inpatient and outpatient), administrative duties related to patient care, the provision for transfer of patient care, time spent in-house during call activities and scheduled academic activities such as conferences.
- In-house resident duties will not exceed 80 hours per week, averaged over four weeks.
- After 24 hours in-house, a resident may not evaluate new admissions. He/she may continue to work with established patients in-house, see patients in clinic, go to the OR or attend didactics for an additional six hours.
- Residents will have 10 hours between the end of one shift and the beginning of the next.
- Residents will have at least 24 continuous hours off each week.
- Regular monitoring of duty hours is done.
Sample Call Schedules