On Call Coverage
The radiology residents use a tandem call team to cover nights and weekends, and a day float team during the week provides coverage for post-call residents. The tandem call team consists of a lower level resident (R1), short call upper level resident(R2-R4), and a long call upper level (R2-R4) resident.
The lower level(R1) resident begins call at 5:00 PM on weekdays and covers the phone and pager, organizes the work flow, and dictates digital radiographs under supervision of staff attending until 9:00 PM, after which the attending begins coverage from home with teleradiology. The R1 reviews and dictates all emergent neuroradiology cases at 8:00 AM the following morning with neuroradiology staff and has the day off post call. R1s begin taking call in August after a series of introductory radiology minirotations.
The short call resident begins call at 05:00 PM and dictates all cross sectional imaging, US, and digital radiographs with staff review until 10PM., leaving at that time to assume back-up call from home. The short call resident has the day off post-call.
The long call resident reports for call at 10 PM and provides preliminary reports for all emergency cases performed overnight. The upper level resident checks out all emergent CT body cases with staff in the morning at 8 AM and has the day off post call.
During weekdays a member of the day float team provides transitional coverage between the normal work force and the call team. This transitional resident works from 1PM to 10 PM.
Weekends are composed of a lower, short, and long call resident, all reporting at 8 AM with in-house staff radiologist coverage from 8 AM until 8 PM. The short call resident leaves when the staff radiologist leaves and both provide back up call from home. The lower and long call resident work a 24 hour call shift on weekends.