Diagnostic Radiology Residency Call System

Night Float

R2-R4 residents cover the emergency department from 10:30 PM to 7:30 AM as a 6-day block from Sunday evening until Saturday morning, for approximately 6 weeks during the course of residency. Saturday Night Float shift is covered on a rotating basis by residents throughout the year. When the Consult resident (see below) leaves at 2:00 AM, the Night Float resident also assumes the inpatient radiology pager. Although the Emergency Radiology Division is staffed by an attending 24 hours/day, the Night Float resident is provided plenty of autonomy, as the resident reading room is physically connected to the emergency department, and is separate from the attending reading room area, but benefits from continuous readouts, direct feedback and teaching throughout the night.

Consult

Consult is our after-hours inpatient rotation. One R2-R4 resident provides preliminary reads for inpatient x-ray, CT, MRI and Ultrasound studies performed from 7:00 PM until 2:00 AM as a 6-day block from Sunday evening until Saturday morning for approximately 6 weeks during the course of residency. The Saturday evening Consult shift is covered on a rotating basis by residents throughout the year. The resident works independently on this rotation, but attending back-up is available (in-house by the Emergency Radiology division and for each individual section by pager). First year residents do not participate in Consult coverage.

In-House Weekend Call

Our In-House weekend shift is scheduled for Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 10 AM until 7 PM. The resident spends the morning in neuroradiology working with an attending, the afternoon in abdominal radiology working with a fellow and attending, and in the evening, assumes the responsibility of the “Consult” resident (see above). First year residents do not participate in In-House coverage.

Pediatrics

Residents participate in in-house overnight and weekend call while on rotation at Boston Children’s Hospital (13 consecutive weeks in the second year). Call frequency varies depending on the number of residents rotating through Children’s per block; group size varies from 7 to 14 residents. Residents cover radiographs and assist the overnight attending in performing and interpreting cross-sectional imaging and other studies. While at Children’s Hospital, residents do not have any overlapping BWH call responsibilities.

Angiography/Interventional Radiology

Residents assigned to the Angio/IR rotation participate in the home call pool with the Angio/IR fellows. Residents are assigned one weekend of "home-call" per month and occasional weekdays of service. Residents and fellows field calls from home related to emergency cases and care of all post-procedure Angio/IR patients. When assigned call on the weekend, the resident will also round on post-procedure patients and assist attendings with procedures as necessary. While on Angio/IR, residents do not have any overlapping BWH diagnostic call responsibilities.

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