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Call is arranged among the fellows, but in general is on a “Q-3” schedule. The call is primary call, which is typical for many private practice groups nationwide. The fellows are always supported by an attending, who is available to discuss consults as needed. The attending is called in for operative cases. Although some nights can be busy, there are multiple nights where the fellow does not have to go in to see a patient. The benefits of primary call include gaining increased confidence in dealing with ER consults as well as improved decision-making skills over time. All call is through the Methodist Hospital system and most of the patients are seen at the Main Methodist Hospital.
Each fellow is required to complete at least one clinical research project suitable for publication during the 12-month fellowship. Formal presentation by the fellows will be scheduled in late July.