Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are typical duty hours?
A: Duty hours are closely monitored for ACGME compliance. While the actual number of hours worked by residents may vary, residents average 55-70 hours per week. Residents have sufficient off-duty time to avoid undue fatigue and stress. The program monitors on-duty schedules to ensure that these assignments do not interfere with education, performance, or clinical care and judgment. Duty hours are limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all in-house call activities and moonlighting.
Q: What is the on call shift schedule like?
A: The on-call schedule is prepared by the Chief Resident and printed in four week blocks. Given the recent change in the examination structure of the American Board of Anesthesiologists (ABA), we have moved to having each resident take 4 calls per 4-week block, or 1 call per week on average. Residents are relieved the morning after call at 0700 (except for Thursdays when residents are expected to stay and attend Grand Rounds until 0800).
Q: How do our benefits & vacations compare?
A: Our residents' salaries have consistently been above the 75th percentile. On top of this is a benefit package including medical, dental and disability care, malpractice insurance and life insurance. Vacation time is 20 working days per year. The department also provides educational funds for our residents so they can attend meetings and/or buy textbooks or journals. This amounts to $400 for each first year, $800 for each second year, and $1,000 for each third year resident. We also have a very good child care referral service.
Q: Do we have fellowship?
A: Not at this time.
Q: What is the call schedule?
A: Starting in CA-1 year, residents have on an average 4 calls per 4 weeks block. As you become more senior you have less weekend calls. During weekday 24 hours call residents get an afternoon break between 1:30 to 5:00 PM.
Q: Do you have a night float system?
A: No we do not have night float system. Although we have 24 hours overnight call system. During weekday on 24 hours call residents get afternoon break between 1:30 to 5:00 PM.
Q: Can you go on away rotations or international electives?
A: In CA-3 year, you can do away rotations after discussing with the program director. Our residents have done rotations in many under-developed countries in Africa.
Q: How many vacation or sick days we have each year
A: We have 20 working days of vacation each year. Also we allow 5 working days for CME and to attend conferences.
Q: Critical Care Rotation what is the structure?
A: Intern Year- One month Critical Care rotation
CA1 and CA3 years- rotate one month in Surgical ICU
CA2 year- Rotate one month in CTICU
Q: Ambulatory Surgery Center- same day surgery rotate there
A: In Scarborough we have an ambulatory and same day surgery center. CA-1 and CA-3 have one month while CA-2 have 2 months mandatory rotation there.
Q: On call meal allowance- Residents are given meal allowance.
A: Residents get a meal allowance on 24 hours overnight call. Meal allowance is added to the ID badge automatically each year.