All call during the four-year otolaryngology residency is taken from home. The call pool is divided into juniors (PGY2-3) and seniors (PGY4-5).
The hospitals are also divided into two call pools, with the first consisting of Emory University Hospital, the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, and the second of Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Each night, one junior resident covers each hospital group, with a single senior resident and an attending as backup.
Junior residents are on call for approximately eight nights per month. Weekend call includes the entire weekend, meaning weekends off are entirely free. Senior residents are generally on backup call one night per week, and typically on eight weekends spaced throughout the year.
Our program also covers facial trauma every third night in rotation with the divisions of plastic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
All call schedules are constructed with careful attention paid to ACGME duty hour guidelines.