Call duty begins the second year of training. At least three radiology residents share on-call responsibilities in the hospital from 5:00 pm-7:00 am on weekdays, and around the clock on weekends and holidays.
Residents take call for three years with a break in the months preceding the American Board of Radiology Core Examination.
A night float system is used for most overnight call duty, and additional call shifts are scheduled to manage the busy periods in the evenings and during the day on weekends.
A large residency and individual class size keeps the volume of call shifts manageable and easily allows for call switches.
Residents cover the emergency department and hospital, providing interpretation for imaging studies performed after hours without on-site attendings.
When needed, on-call faculty and fellows are available for phone consultation and teleradiology image review.
Residents issue preliminary dictations on all studies they review while on call.
Residents have face-to-face readouts in the morning with subspecialty faculty who provide feedback on their interpretations.