We have nightfloat for third years only (FP). So now in third year, we do 4 weeks of night float and that is it for call for the year, unless you do a q4 elective in OB. It is sweet. I can't wait. As second years (AKA me) we do 6 months of q4 and 6 months of no call/ no weekends.
ResidentMom<br /><br />"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much." --Jackie O.
For my medicine program there is night float coverage Sun-Thur. As interns we have q 4 call but it is only until about 9 PM. We check out to the night float when they come in at 8 PM then finish our work and go home. If you are on call on Fri or Sat, it is the typical 30 hour call. So we only end up with 2-3 over night calls per month, the rest of the q 4 calls are short calls until about 9 PM. It is nice.
I am in an IM program and we only do overnight call in the ICU (used to be Q3, this year Q4 to comply with the 80-hours rule).
On the floors, we have a nightfloat system, we actually finish admitting on our "long call" at 8pm, the long call is Q5 )).
It encouraging to hear that medicine is evolving to allow for a more human existance. I find that I am more excited about going to work, take better care of my patients, and read more now that I dont do 30 hour shifts.
I think night float would be good until it was my turn. It would really be difficult as a single mom to go even two weeks without being home at night with my son. Our call averages out to about q10, so it's not all that demanding anyway.