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Education

On-Call Schedule

A reasonable on-call schedule and time-off policy is maintained to balance educational and service needs with the personal and family needs of the resident.

Residents in anesthesiology begin taking night and weekend call with a more senior resident during their second month of clinical anesthesia and assume additional clinical responsibility that is commensurate with their experience and progress.

A member of the faculty attends all night, weekend and holiday emergency procedures.

When they are scheduled for trauma call at Allegheny General Hospital, residents begin their call day at 2:30 p.m. and are off the day after night call.

Residents scheduled for night call at West Penn Hospital begin their day at 7 a.m. by participating in the preoperative evaluation clinic. They assume responsibility for obstetrical emergencies at 3 p.m.

The frequency of night call averages one night in seven. The program is easily compliant with the ACGME limits on work-duty hours.

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