The general surgery residency program utilizes a night float system. Our philosophy allows continuity of care and excellent learning but also emphasizes the need for growth and development outside of residency training. We take duty hours seriously and believe that adequate rest is integral to safe patient care and excellence in education.
Night float residents are on from 5:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday. Night float averages 1 month in 4 until the chief year. Chiefs do not participate in night float. There is a Saturday day call team, a Saturday night call team and a Sunday day call team. Residents not on night float take call 2 weekends out of the month. Maine Medical Center utilizes nurse practitioners to assist during transitional time and for protected educational time.
We monitor resident duty hours weekly in order to achieve compliance with the ACGME's new duty hour’s requirements. We support these new requirements wholeheartedly.
Read the commentary published in the Archives of Surgery by the Program Director entitled "Of Puppies and Dinosaurs: Why the 80-Hour Work Week Is the Best Thing That Ever Happened in American Surgery".