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Article 9.0 Maximum Hours and Definition of Work Week

In-House Call Duty

Article 9.1

Both parties hereto accept that, in order to provide adequate service and care to patients and to enhance the medical education of Residents and so facilitate the realization of their educational objectives, that duty hours be limited to provide a balance of patient care, clinical experience and academics. No Resident will be required to do more than 1 in 4 in-house call averaged over an academic rotation. The duty period referred to is from 1700 - 0800 hours Monday through Friday, and 0800 - 0800 hours Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays. This duty period shall be referred to as “in-house-on-call” duty. Stipends will be pro-rated where call periods worked are less than provided herein.

Exceptions, based on academic need or exceptional situations, will be monitored by PAIRS and the College of Medicine. Where concerns arise, discussion will be held at a Joint Consultative Committee meeting.

Article 9.2

In the event that a Resident performs In-House call duty in excess of 1 in 4 by assignment, such work will be paid at the rate of $178 (Effective January 1, 2014 increase to $182) for periods from 1700 to 0800 hours on weekdays, and $229 (Effective January 1, 2014 increase to $234) for periods from 0800 to 0800 hours on weekends.

There will be no prorating of these amounts for partial duty periods, and partial periods of In-House call shall not be considered in calculating the number of duty periods. Extension of hours pertaining to a critical medical situation or completion of training or service requirements will also not be considered. In-House-on-call duty periods that result from any leave of absence granted to any Resident pursuant to this Collective Agreement will also not be considered.

ICU/CCU

Article 9.3

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Collective Agreement, where a Resident is scheduled for 24 hours on/24 hours off in an ICU/CCU, the maximum scheduled duty shall be one (1) rotation in every three (3) days, recognizing that this may be in addition to one (1) day of regular scheduled work.

Article 9.4

In the event that a Resident works 24 hours on/24 hours off ICU/CCU, rotations in excess of the principle of one (1) occasion in three (3) days, he/she will be paid a stipend of $178 (Effective January 1, 2014 increase to $182) per occasion. There will be no prorating of this stipend, and partial duty periods will not be considered. Extended hours resulting from a critical medical situation or completion of training or service requirements will not apply.

Out-of-House Home Call Duty

Article 9.5 

No Resident will be required to provide more than one (1) in three (3) call averaged over an academic rotation.

Article 9.6 On-Call Stipends
Tier 1 (Home Heavy):
Effective January 1, 2013 $102 per duty period
Effective January 1, 2014 $104 per duty period
Home Heavy call defined as:
• A home call where during the period of 5:00 pm and 8:00 am, the resident has to spend more than 4 hours after 5:00 pm and/or 2 hours after midnight out of home (i.e., in the hospital) more than 50% of the time and over a given call period.
• A home call during a weekday or stat holiday, where the resident has to spend 12 hours or more during a 24-hour period in the hospital more than 50% of the time over a given call period.

Please note that every hour in the hospital after midnight will count as 2 hours for the calculation.

This formula is used to determine the call designation for each specific program and each specific call period.

Tier 2 (Home Light):

Effective January 1, 2013 $66 per duty period

Effective January 1, 2014 $67 per duty period

Any on call not meeting the above definition is Home Light.

In House:

Effective January 1, 2013 $153 per duty period

Effective January 1, 2014 $156 per duty period

NO CONVERSION SHALL APPLY


General
Article 9.7 

Definition of the regular work week is Monday to Friday, inclusive.

A Resident will be scheduled to work a reasonable number of hours. The training/employing organizations will undertake to limit the average number of hours, having due regard for sound patient care and treatment, and the educational requirements of the Resident’s program.

Article 9.8

Residents who are not on call may be contacted and invited to participate in a case. However, except in the event of an emergency of qualified medical personnel not being available, all residents will be free to decline such invitations. 

Residents who are not scheduled to be on call will not be expected to attend rounds on Saturdays and Sundays that are for service purposes only. However, this does not preclude the scheduling of teaching sessions on weekends, which Residents will be expected to attend.

9.9 Limitations On Work Periods
9.9.1 Home Call

Residents are to be relieved of clinical responsibilities after twenty-six (26) hours from the previous day’s start time on the first post-call day at the Resident’s professional discretion at such point as they feel their ability to safely care for patients may be compromised.

9.9.2 In-House Call

A Resident who is required to provide care of a continuing or intensive nature shall be relieved after patient care handover. Patient care handover shall commence at the 24th hour and not exceed two (2) hours. No new clinical duties shall be assigned or undertaken after twenty-four (24) hours barring emergent circumstances. The Resident shall resume work on regularly scheduled hours the subsequent work day.

Article 9.9.3

Call schedules for each service shall be posted covering a one (1) month period, and, they shall be posted not less than four (4) weeks in advance of the beginning of the scheduled period on appropriate departmental bulletin boards. Copies will be distributed to the appropriate Resident. With the agreement of the Program Director or the Administrative Resident where this call has been delegated by the Program Director, the existing practice whereby Residents may interchange call hours amongst themselves is recognized, provided that adequate patient care is provided. Permission for such interchange will not be unreasonably withheld.

Article 9.10 

In the event that a particular service or elective period does not have on-call duty periods, the Resident shall not be re-allocated to do on-call duty periods on another duty service unless a traditional combination of more than one (1) service on-call block applies. The foregoing shall not mean that the Postgraduate Program shall be precluded from the implementation of new call arrangements in the furtherance of educational objectives to meet changing needs or new programs. 

Persons on a service with on-call duties will not be available for on-call duties on another service (be the call in-house or out-of-house on either service).

Article 9.11 

Program Directors will make copies of all duty schedules available to PAIRS through the secretarial staff with the assistance of the Administrative Resident.

Vacation time, sick leave and leave of absence for any purpose shall not be regarded as time available for on-call duty periods; rather, the number of duty periods shall be prorated to the number of days actually worked. (Article 13.0)

Article 9.12 

Other than in exceptional circumstances, no Resident shall be selected to be on call for more than two (2) out of three (3) consecutive weekends. The onus is on the Resident to notify the upcoming rotation coordinator at least four (4) weeks in advance in order to accommodate scheduling, so that the Resident will not be required to work more than two (2) out of three (3) consecutive weekends when changing rotations. If the Resident does not have his/her upcoming schedule at least four (4) weeks in advance, the Resident should immediately notify the relevant schedulers who will then be responsible for aligning the two (2) call schedules so that they do not violate the two (2) out of three (3) rule.

Once in every three (3) week cycle, a Resident must have from the end of the regular working day on Friday until the start of the working day on Monday morning free from clinical responsibilities.

Article 9.13

In the interest of patient safety and Resident well-being, neither party encourages consecutive twenty-four (24) hour call. However, it is recognized that residents may on occasion choose to do consecutive twenty-four (24) hour call on certain services. With the approval of the appropriate program committee(s), Residents assigned to those services may opt to accept sequential twenty-four (24) hour call periods. This option must be exercised prior to preparation of call schedules.

Article 9.7

Definition of the regular work week is Monday to Friday, inclusive.

A Resident will be scheduled to work a reasonable number of hours. The training/employing organizations will undertake to limit the average number of hours, having due regard for sound patient care and treatment, and the educational requirements of the Resident’s program.

Article 9.8 

Residents who are not on call may be contacted and invited to participate in a case. However, except in the event of an emergency of qualified medical personnel not being available, all residents will be free to decline such invitations.

Residents who are not scheduled to be on call will not be expected to attend rounds on Saturdays and Sundays that are for service purposes only. However, this does not preclude the scheduling of teaching sessions on weekends, which Residents will be expected to attend.