First-year radiology residents take a “secretarial call” on weekends at MD Anderson. Shifts span a total of 24 hours, either Friday 10pm-8am and Sunday 8am-10pm or Saturday 8am-Sunday 8am. Residents are not expected to interpret studies and are not allowed to give preliminary reports on their own under ACGME guidelines. Residents will work in concert with the fellow and staff on call to protocol and facilitate interpretations of emergent studies. The call experience serves as a prelude to internal moonlighting opportunities offered down the road. Each resident will average 8-9 shifts over the first year. This call pool starts in August and runs through the end of July.
First year residents are further introduced to after-hours radiology needs during “baby call” at the busy level 1 trauma center of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The resident gains exposure to the demands from clinicians and technologists as well as volume of high acuity patients under the supervision of a senior resident and faculty member.
Independent call begins during the R2 year at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Residents gain experience in protocoling studies as well as independent interpretation of radiography, ultrasound, CT, and MRI. Faculty is available by telephone if assistance is needed. Residents find that one of the more useful call experiences is at the county hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. LBJ operates on a night float system. Two residents are on each month with shifts beginning at 5pm and ending at 8am the following morning. Case load is demanding and challenges residents to develop speed and diagnostic acumen with ample exposure to a diverse range of pathology. There is 24-hour attending coverage.
Night call at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is shared by both the third and fourth-year residents in order to allow third-year residents a reprieve from night duties three months prior to the Core examination. At our busy trauma center, residents become adept at recognizing the subtleties of life-threatening radiologic findings. Memorial Hermann also operates on a night float system. Two residents are on each month and alternate every other night for one month. Shifts begin at 5pm and end at 7am the following morning. There is 24-hour attending coverage.