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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 60 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 $600 for each first year, $1100 for each for the second year, third and fourth year. We also have a very good child care referral service.

Q: Do we have fellowship?

A: Yes. We have an adult cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship with two fellows per year. We do approximately 1500 cardiac cases per year and residents are paired with 1:1 fellowship trained cardiac staff.

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. Call shifts are 24 hours. During the week, 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.  

Q: Can you go on away rotations or international electives?

A: CA2 and CA3 residents can do away rotations after discussing with the program director. Our residents have done rotations in many under-developed countries in Africa. Residents also have the opportunity for an away rural rotation at one of our other hospitals.

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: Is there Ambulatory Surgery Center experience?

A: MMC has a 10 OR free standing ambulatory and same day surgery center. The campus is 10 minutes from our main campus. All residents rotate there every year.  

Q: Is there an On call meal allowance?

A: Residents are provided with a meal allowance that is determined by the number of service months each year. There is also a discount for MMC employees at our Impressions Café.

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