Residents have certain general responsibilities throughout each residency year. The most important of these is taking call, which is rotated among all residents, generally once every 7-9 nights and weekends.
The resident on call is responsible for emergency consultations and problem-solving for all of the labs at Yale and the Veterans Hospital from 5 PM to 8 AM on weekdays and from 5 PM on Friday to 8 AM on Monday during weekends.
This usually entails staying in the laboratories until 6-7 PM on weekdays or from about 9-10 AM to 3-4 PM on weekends, after which call may be taken from home.
Most problems are handled by telephone and it is rarely necessary to return to the hospital. Backup is available at all times from the Chief Resident and the laboratory medical directors.
On-call and regular hour work rules are approved by and in compliance with OSHA, ACGME, and the Yale GME guidelines.