Have you heard about "4
Here’s a tasty example of such a recipe from "A Man, a Can, and a Plan":
- 1 - 8oz can Red Bull Energy Drink
- 4 - boneless strip steaks (2 lbs trimmed of fat)
- 1 - 10oz can fat-free beef gravy
- 1 - 4 oz can
sliced, drained mushrooms
- Steak seasoning (optional, but strongly suggested)
Well … Here's my “4 ingredient” version for on-call physician scheduling, done-in-a-day.
No Bull On-Call Scheduling
1. Map Out & Assign Your Current Holiday Schedule
You may have to find your past history and use it to define what is "fair" for the current year, but that's outside of the scope of this recipe.
- Similar to Red Bull, find it, pack it up and bring it with you.
2. Gather, define, and/or Assign all the Exclusions
These are all the reasons a Physician can't take
- Similar to boneless strip steaks, trim the fat ... leave only the necessary beef!
3. Use Your On-Call Schedule Template or Pattern to Fill in the Schedule
Some pre-assembly is required. (You didn't really think it would be THAT easy did you?)
Whether you use a repeating template or a chain of rules that determine your scheduling
- Similar to a can of fat-free beef gravy, there's more in that can than just the beef!
If your schedule is truly random or driven by percent load factors to determine fairness, you do not have a "4 ingredient" on-call schedule. You need a more sophisticated "cookbook" with more robust features and a documented "recipe" created just for your Group, such as our Call Scheduler Classic!
4. Fill in the Remaining Unscheduled Days
The bulk of the on-call schedule is now in place, but there will be dates left to fill where the Physician called for in your plan was not available in the active scheduling area. You can fill these dates yourself, using your best judgment, or you could use software to fill some of them. Generally, your judgment is quicker and more nuanced than any software. You know exactly who the best fit is for that particular date in the on-call scheduling "puzzle".
- Similar to the mushrooms you buy fresh and slice by hand, your personal touch is generally more satisfying than the pre-fab ones found in "canned" software.
That's making the on-call schedule only available to authorized viewers who need it, wherever they are and whenever they want it. These viewers can freely print however many copies of the on-call schedule they may want, or get it in their SmartPhones and not ever have to print anything at all.
Oh, and the "Steak Seasoning"?
Now, would you please pass the salt?