Each night and on the weekends there is a Junior Resident (PGY-2 or PGY-3) and a Senior Resident (PGY-4 or PGY-5) on call to cover otolaryngologic consults and floor patients at the Vanderbilt University Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. All call for the PGY-2 through PGY-5 years is home call.
The Junior Resident on call sees new consults and is the first to respond to otolaryngologic issues that arise. The eight junior residents are included in a single call pool. Therefore, each resident takes call on average every eighth night.
The Senior Resident on call takes back-up call and is available to assist the junior resident. The eight senior residents are also included in a single call pool. The call schedule is determined in a slightly different fashion for senior residents. The senior residents take back-up home call 1 out of 8 weekends, with 7 out of 8 weekends off. During the week, the senior residents take back-up home call on average every eighth weekday night.
One of the convenient aspects of taking call at Vanderbilt (as illustrated in the adjacent map) is the close geographic proximity of our three primary medical centers. This prevents our residents from spending time driving between medical centers and allows them to quickly walk from site to site when needed.
Our service shares call for facial trauma with the Plastic Surgery and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery services. Therefore, our department is on call for facial trauma every third day. During the day on weekdays, the General Otolaryngology and Pediatric Otolaryngology resident teams handle facial trauma consults for adults and pediatrics, respectively. During the nights and weekends, the on-call resident team handles all facial trauma consults. This provides our residents with significant experience in the evaluation, management, and treatment of facial trauma patients.