Every night, a Junior Resident (PGY-2 or PGY-3) and a Senior Resident (PGY-4 or PGY-5) are on home call for Vanderbilt University Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. An attending specific to each of these hospitals is on call per night.
The Junior Resident takes primary call and is responsible for seeing and managing all consults and floor issues. The 10 junior residents are included in a single call pool. Therefore, each resident takes call on average every tenth night. Junior residents can discuss patients with senior residents as needed. Junior residents directly contact attending physicians to discuss management plans when on call.