SOLIS JAMES, B.A., M.S.; WILSON OUTTEN, B.S.; PAUL J. DAVIS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JACK WANDS, M.D.
A computer program has been developed to assume the chore of generating a year-long schedule of clinical rotations for house staff. A scheduling run on the IBM 7094 computer requires about a minute per pass, providing inexpensive and quick schedule generation. The input is extremely simple and can be easily modified if required. Schedule decisions take into account rotation requirements of the individual staff, absolute staffing requirements of the hospital compartments (wards, emergency room, specialized care units), vacation preferences of staff, and compatibilities of house officers. The program output offers information effective in making subsequent decisions required to improve on a tentative schedule. The system has the capability to reschedule at any time in the year without affecting previous vacation assignments. The program can schedule as many as 75 individuals into 19 compartments (rotations) on a given pass. Since the program is written in FORTRAN, it is applicable to general-purpose computers of intermediate size.
JAMES S, OUTTEN W, DAVIS PJ, WANDS J. House Staff Scheduling: A Computer-Aided Method. Ann Intern Med. ;80:70–73. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-1-70
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(1):70-73.
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