On any rotation a medical student will be expected to work a few on-call shifts a week. This is not meant to make your life miserable, or to take away from whatever social life you might have left. Call nights are a great opportunity to see what goes on at a hospital during the night. It’s a medical students opportunity to take part in more emergent cases, as well as play a more significant role in the care of patients since the staff is limited at night. There are three types of on-call that any med student should know about which includes 12 hour, 24 hour, and rarely 36 hour call.
Twelve hour call just means you are working till very late in the evening. Twenty-four hour call means you are here overnight and relieved in the morning. Finally, if you are unfortunate enough to have thirty-six hour call, you spend the night at the hospital, then are expected to work a full shift the next day. Hopefully you can leave semi-early on those days. If you are on call overnight definitely bring your phone charger and laptop so you can get some work done if you have downtime.
Remember, it’s much easier to embrace call shifts than complaining about having to work them, so try to have fun with them, and get excited!