Can someone please explain to me the point of med students on rotation being "on call". I always thought that a doctor was on call to respond to emergency situations when patients are in dire need of help so what exactly is the role of a med student who is on call? I am not on my rotations yet, but from what I understand, the role of a med student on the wards is extremely limited and we are mainly there just to learn and do scut work. So what I am asking is, what is the reason for us being accessible at any moment when our duties/responsibilities/abilities are so limited? When we are "on call", what would be a reason for paging us to come in, i.e. what job is so emergent that need us coming in??