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Kochan-Cohen in IR1 radiology radiology

department of radiology

Residency Program


Frequently Asked Questions


1. What type of call system is in place? Does Temple utilize a night float system?

  • 1st year residents are free from any call responsibility for the first 3 months. First year residents assist in weekend readouts of Emergency plain films during the next three months.
  • Primary call begins in January of the first year. During the first year of call, the first year resident is always under in-house attending supervision.  Primary resident call responsibility is from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM during weekdays and 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM on weekends (divided between two residents).
  • Following twelve months of supervised call, the resident then graduates to twelve months of night float (each resident spends 1 week at a time for a total of 8 weeks). The night float resident takes over all call responsibilities after 9 PM until 8 AM the following morning.
  • Following the twelve months of night float, the third- and fourth-year residents take home call and provide backup to the primary residents and participate in after-hours angiography studies.
  • Fourth-year residents are free from call responsibility for the final six months of residency.


2. How late at night is attending coverage provided?


  • An attending is in house until 11PM each night (including weekends). A senior resident and a specialist attending in each area are available on beeper call at all times.


3. Does Temple allow for moonlighting?


  • Moonlighting is highly discouraged as we believe this has a negative impact on resident training. However, under special circumstances, outstanding residents can petition the department and the GME office to allow for moonlighting. Moonlighting can only occur on nights which the resident has no clinical responsibilities the next day.


4. How well does Temple conform to the new GME duty hour requirements?

  • Since implementation of a night float system, our residents never work more than 80 hours per week (averaged over 4 weeks) and always have at least 4 days free of clinical duty in a one month span.


5. Does Temple provide an educational allowance?

  • Temple provides $500 educational stipend per year. In addition, Temple pays tuition and a partial stipend for living expenses during the four weeks at AFIP. Temple will also provide funding for one conference during the senior year, which most residents elect to use for a review course. Temple may also fund attendance at any conference during which the resident presents his/her research.