adj. post-call, referring to the time period when a physician is finished taking admissions or performing consults. This may refer both to time spent at work or time at home after a call period. Typically this is reserved for the time frame after working 24 hours in a row. Before work hour restrictions were in place, residents would typically stay at work for an additional 12 hours to ensure that all active issues were resolved, for a total of 36 hours in a row. In 2003, the ACGME mandated that the post-call period at work be limited to 6 hours maximum, for a total of 30 hours in a row. See also postal, going postal. 2. n. post-mortem examination, see also autopsy, necropsy.