Residents, attending docs disagree on when to call for after-hours help

Pediatric care residents disagree with their supervisors on when they should contact them to handle situations after hours, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers, led by Chadi E. Saleeby, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, developed 34 scenarios reflecting issues common to on-call residents and surveyed pediatric residents, fellows and attending physicians on whether an attending physician or fellow should be called immediately. In half of all the scenarios, more attending physicians and fellows than residents were in favor of immediate communication. The results also found senior attending physicians were more likely to favor immediate communication than junior faculty or fellows. Study abstract