At UAMS, residents are able to take independent call, providing a training environment that prepares you not only for boards, but also to become a superior radiologist. All diagnostic and interventional radiology residents participate equally in the call responsibilities. Call shifts are no longer than 12 hours in length. The call team consists of a lower level resident (R1), a short call upper level resident (R2-R4), and a long call upper level (R2-R4) resident, all housed in the main reading room with faculty backup available in all subspecialties.

R1s take an equal share of lower level call, which includes night float, an ER shift, and weekend call. R2’s take the majority of call in the spring, while R3s take the majority of call in the fall. Since R4s have the most training and have passed boards, they take the most call, helping to alleviate the burden from the R2s and R3s to allow them more study time on nights and weekends in preparation for the upcoming board exam at the end of the R3 year.Two residents sitting at a reading station.

First year residents take introductory call alongside more senior residents and faculty members starting in August of their first year, following Boot Camp. First year residents do not give independent preliminary reports. During call, the primary responsibilities of R1s include triaging phone consults, organizing the workflow, and interpreting plain film studies under supervision of staff. Independent call duty starts in the thirteenth month of training.

To cover nights, our program has a night float system in place. Night float is a 1-2 week rotation from Sunday to Friday night, starting at 8 pm on Sunday night and 10 pm on Monday through Friday night. The night float team consists of one upper level resident (R2-4) and one lower level resident (R1). Call responsibilities run through 7 am the following morning at which time the lower level residents’ check out and dictates all emergent neuroradiology cases from the night before. The upper level resident will check out and dictate all body cases (CT and ultrasound) starting at 7 am.

While on call, residents cover UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the VA. The multitude of hospitals provides residents with a great variety of cases and an unparalleled learning experience.

A resident sitting at a reading station.A unique asset to our program is the short call experience for upper level residents. Short call residents work a normal day on Monday-Friday, starting call at 5 pm and finishing at 12 am.  The short call resident has the following day off, which provides a great opportunity to take care of doctor appointments, errands, or travel days for those heading out of town on vacation.

Weekend call is split into two shifts for both upper and lower level residents. These shifts are from 8 am-8 pm and 8 pm-8 am. An upper level short call resident will overlap the day and night shifts, providing for efficient transition of care, and a second upper level resident also works, helping to provide preliminary reports on emergent cases. The short call resident will stay until 12 am before leaving for home, where they will provide back up call coverage along with the staff radiologist who was on call during the day.

There are no 24-hour call shifts in the UAMS Radiology residency program.