A paradigm for computer-assisted radiology resident rotation scheduling

Stephen T. Wong, H. K. Huang, Ruth B. Goldstein, Ron Arenson, Joe C. Cruz, Ken Ostrow, Eric Gerson

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Rationale and Objectives.: The scheduling of radiology residents remains a major annual undertaking of chief residents. In this article, we describe a paradigm to implement interactive computer programs to reduce the inefficiencies and inequities of planning the yearly schedule. Methods.: We used the programming language, Prolog, to develop a compact program that provides faster and more flexible performance than those reported in the literature. This interactive program stores scheduling requirements in data files separated from the control program and runs on a Macintosh computer. Results.: The schedule of any residency year is generated within 3-7 sec. The fast computation and query capabilities of this scheduling program have helped chief residents to identify conflicting requirements that were previously overlooked. Conclusion.: Using our programming paradigm, we have developed a portable Prolog-based scheduling program that is quick and easy to use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-540
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


  • computer-assisted rotation scheduling
  • programming paradigm
  • Prolog
  • Rotation scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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