Call is taken from home one week at a time (Monday to Sunday), starting the in the latter half of the first year. Formal AP call consists of late evening or weekend frozen sections or Life Gift assessments from Ben Taub Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center. Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center have rotation-specific AP call which includes after hours and weekend specimen triage, frozen sections, and rare weekend autopsies during the rotation months only.
CP call will also begin in the latter half of the first year, following rotations in Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine. CP call is typically taken during CP months. Residents can expect to be called about a wide range of laboratory issues including blood smear reviews for acute leukemias, approval for blood products and special coagulation tests, transfusion reactions, pheresis procedures, and other clinician inquiries. The volume of calls is variable, averaging one to three calls per night. Residents are strongly encouraged and welcome to call the on-call fellow or faculty member for consultation on each case.