Night Call

Night Call

The call schedule is determined by a monthly "lottery" conducted by the Psychiatry Residents' Association. This system maximizes flexibility and each resident's ability to determine which days he or she takes call. A back-up call list is maintained by the residents in the event the assigned individual on-call is unable to cover due to a personal emergency.

The total number of calls decreases each year with residents taking no in-house call during their final year in the program. Residents take psychiatry calls each month, except when they are rotating on internal medicine wards (PGY-1) and Inpatient Neurology (PGY-2). On average:

  • PGY-1's will have approximately five calls per month.
  • PGY-2's will have approximately three calls per month.
  • PGY-3's will have approximately two calls per month.

On-Call Residents are based at the Emergency Psychiatric Service (EPS) at University of Louisville Hospital. Monday through Friday, PGY-1 residents take short call from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Call shifts are from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday for upper level residents. PGY-1 and upper level residents take call together in 12 hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

PGY-1 Call Responsibilities

  • Assisting the PGY-2 and 3 residents with their duties in EPS, including evaluating and making dispositions (except for those patients on Mental Inquest Warrants), taking floor calls, and managing Holding Bed Unit patients.

PGY-2 and 3 Call Responsibilities

  • Evaluating and making dispositions on patients referred to EPS.
  • Evaluating all patients referred to EPS on Mental Inquest Warrants.
  • Managing and making dispositions for patients admitted to the EPS Holding Bed Unit.
  • Taking consultation calls from University of Louisville Hospital and VA Hospitals' psychiatric units.

PGY-3 Call Responsibilities

  • Resident take at-home beeper call for after-hours, weekdays, and weekend backup for EPS and the consult services at the University and Norton Hospitals.

PGY-4 Call Responsibilities

  • Resident take at-home beeper call for after-hours, weekdays, and weekend backup for EPS and the consult services at the University and Norton Hospitals.