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On-Call Responsibilities

On-Call Responsibilities

Residents read all CT, MR, and US studies performed through the ER, as well as emergent inpatient exams. Overreads are provided for ER plain films as needed. Occasionally, emergent paracenteses, thoracenteses, fluoro and nuclear medicine procedures are also requested.


Call responsibilities are weighted more heavily toward the PGY-3 residents and gradually taper during the PGY-4, with PGY-5 resuming a larger role in the call pool after successful completion of the ABR Core Examination.

Night Float (8 p.m.-8 a.m. Sunday, and 9 p.m.-8 a.m. Monday-Friday)

Two-week block. The resident is off Saturday night at the end of the first week, and has three full days off (Sat a.m.-Tues a.m.) upon completion of the two-week block. Each morning the night float resident reviews all overnight studies with the early morning attending radiologist. The night float resident is excused from attending daily conferences.

Monday-Friday Evenings (5-10 p.m.)

Weekday short call resident comes in at noon instead of 8 a.m. Shift is divided between eligible first-years and second- through fourth-year residents.

Saturday/Sunday Day Shift (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)

This shift is also divided between eligible first-years and second- through fourth-year residents. Responsibilities include GI fluoroscopy exams and other various procedures, as well as reading of ER and inpatient imaging studies.

Saturday Evening Shift (8 p.m.-8 a.m.)

Covered by second- through fourth-year residents not currently on night float.

Holiday Call

Holiday coverage is divided among the classes with each class taking one minor holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day) and one major holiday (New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas). 

Angiography Call

Primary angiography call is provided by the attending physicians. The on-call resident is allowed to participate if desired and as training permits.

First-Year Buddy Call

"Buddy call" for the first-year residents begins in September during the third block. The first-year residents accompany a more senior resident and gradually become acquainted with the on-call responsibilities. It is expected that first-year residents will begin taking faculty-supervised evening call beginning with Block 8 and faculty-supervised daytime weekend call during Block 9. First-year residents will not take independent overnight call by themselves. Upon completion of the first year of radiology training, residents are eligible to perform call responsibilities independently. The following is a chart of the minimum Buddy Call requirements:

  Block 5 Block 6 Block 7 Block 8 Block 9 Block 10 Block 11 Block 12
5-8:30 p.m. Mon-Fri 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat or Sun 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
6 p.m.-8 a.m. Fri or Sat 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1

On-Call Facilities

A call room is available in the department for the on-call and/or buddy call resident. The room is equipped with a bed, desk, phone, bathroom and toilet. The resident room also contains a couch, large-screen television and PACS/Powerscribe workstation.

Fatigue Policy

  • The call room is available to any resident who feels too fatigued to go home after a shift.
  • The chief resident will be the point person to help provide or coordinate travel arrangements in the case that a resident is too fatigued to drive.
  • Residents are also welcome to check in to the Wesley Inn hotel. Resident will be reimbursed for expenses incurred.
Last modified: Oct 08, 2020
Diagnostic Radiology

Program Director
Kamran Ali, M.D.

Program Coordinator
Heather Contreras
316-962-2211 (phone)
316-962-7231 (fax)

Wesley Medical Center
550 N. Hillside
Wichita, KS 67214