Question: Med Students: What does it mean to be "On Call?"
Answer: One of the most well-known parts of medical training is that interns and residents must be available overnights working at the hospital. How many hours varies but some residents might be on call every other or every third night. During this time they stay at the hospital or be on hand and available by beeper/text. Some argue against this tradition (and it is starting to be regulated more closely), it allows interns to see the amount of patients necessary to complete their program and provides the hospital with after-hour patient care.