Night Float is a residency rotation in which residents are assigned to night duties with minimal or no daytime duties. The use of Night Float rotations protects resident work-hours but also offers opportunities for residents to learn essential on-call skills. This post series explores some aspects of Night Float which make it a good option for residency programs to use.
- What is Night Float?: Definitions and advantages of the Night Float system.
- The Art of Cross-Coverage: Describes the importance of developing competence at covering patients at night, when you have not been continuously involved in their care.
- Sign-Out and Other Problems: Potential problems with Night Float systems, especially when patient care is handed off between doctors.
- A Modest Proposal: In which I propose an ideal Night Float system. The proposal is incomplete but addresses some of the major concerns with this type of rotation.