Use the taxi program if you’re feeling fatigued post-call
Postgraduate medical trainees are at greater risk of fatigue-related road traffic accidents due to working extended shifts (up to or exceeding 24 hours), including on-call shifts which are often overnight, and given their long working hours in general. Inspired by the principles outlined in the Fatigue Risk Management toolkit (Principle 3) and discussion in our Fatigue Risk Management Committee, starting January 2022 the FRM committee and PGME are implementing a preventive strategy to reduce the risk of accidents and improve medical trainee safety and well-being.
Learners are entitled to request taxi reimbursements (including the return journey back to their car) totaling 100 dollars during the academic year. Maximum funding is 100 dollars per PGME year. If a resident or fellow utilizes their total funding allocation prior to the end of the PGME year, the resident/fellow are encouraged to reach out to resident affairs to discuss proactive strategies to allow for consistent safe travel home after a call shift and discuss eligible extra funding. At the end of the year if funds are available reimbursements beyond the 100-dollar maximum will be considered for extra funding
Eligible Shifts: Your taxi ride home is eligible for reimbursement if you have worked an extended shift (greater than 12 hours), or an overnight shift, and you determine you are too fatigued to safely drive home.