Use of a self-selected scheduling method in a large academic emergency medicine group. Academic Article uri icon


  • We describe a method for scheduling shifts in a large academic emergency medicine group. The method starts with a survey of the faculty to assign shift equivalent values to each of the 13 different shifts used during the week. A weekday day shift is assigned a value of 1.0, and the shifts range in value up to 2.1 units. Each faculty member is then assigned a shift allocation for the academic year equally divided among the various shift types. Faculty members can request reallocation of shift types on the basis of the individual shift equivalent values. Once the number of the different shifts are allocated as required by the schedule, a lottery is held whereby individual faculty members choose specific shifts in turn for the upcoming year. The lottery selection is done by the faculty members accessing a common server from their office computers during a specified period. The lottery process continues until all shifts are filled. The creation of shift equivalent values facilitates the initial allocation of shifts and subsequent trades between faculty members.

publication date

  • January 1, 2003