Separate night float call systems have been developed for Trauma and Pediatric Surgery at the Main Hospital and GI Oncology Surgery, GI Surgery and Vascular Surgery at the Ashley River Tower Hospital. According to this system, residents at all levels rotate from 1 to 3 months, depending on postgraduate year. During this rotation, night call is covered by a group of residents from 6 pm to 7 am, so that residents on the regular services do not have on-call duties in the hospital at night, other than an average of every fifth weekend/holiday day. For VAMC Surgery, resident call is very 4th night home call for the PGY3 and PGY5 residents. PGY1 residents on non-general surgery rotations (e.g, Cardiothoracic) cross-cover for an average of every 4th night, with inhouse call taken for all services except Cardiothoracic. Residents will have at least one day out of seven free of routine responsibilities.
The Department of Surgery takes duty hours compliance very seriously. Residents as well as the program director are notified weekly of delinquent duty hours recording and thus the situation is able to be remedied immediately.
The complete duty hours policy can be found under the GME Handbook on page 11.