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.