Interns (PGY-1) 

While on ophthalmology rotations, interns work in clinic and on the adult consult service during regular business hours. There is no overnight, weekend, or holiday call. 

 First Year (PGY-2) 

First-years are responsible for in-house call at the Washington University Medical Campus, where Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital are located.  


During regular business hours (weekdays from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM), adult and pediatric consults are covered separately by the first-year residents assigned to the consult rotation at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the pediatrics rotation at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. From 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM, consults from both sites are covered by a single first-year resident that rotates weekly.   

Weekends and Holidays 

Consults from both Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital are covered by a first-year resident on a rotating basis from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 

Night Float 

First-year residents rotate coverage of adult and pediatric consults from 7PM to 7AM in two-week blocks beginning on Sunday and ending on Saturday.  

The first-year class may collectively agree to make adjustments to the call schedule provided that none of them is ever assigned to more than 24 hours of continuous duty.   

Second Year (PGY-3) 

Second-years cover consults at the John Cochran VAMC from 4:30 PM to 7:00 AM. This is done on a home-call basis with responsibilities rotating weekly.  

Third Year (PGY-4) 

Third-year residents assist first-years with complex consults overnight and on weekends or holidays. The third-year also serves as the primary surgeon or surgical assistant for all surgical cases that occur during these times. All surgical cases are staffed by an attending. Third-year call is taken on a home-call basis.