A hierarchical goal programming model for scheduling the outpatient clinics

Guler M. G.

EXPERT SYSTEMS WITH APPLICATIONS, vol.40, no.12, pp.4906-4914, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eswa.2013.02.015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.4906-4914
  • Keywords: Resident physician, Scheduling, Outpatient clinics, Goal programming, Analytic hierarchy process, MEDICAL RESIDENTS
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: No


In this study we address scheduling the assignments of the residents and the senior academic staff to outpatient clinics (OCs) in a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) department. The current schedules are prepared manually. The department is not satisfied with the schedules because of frequent changes and incapabilities in handling the preferences of the residents. We propose a hierarchical goal programming (HGP) model to address these issues. Our proposed model reduces the frequent changes within monthly schedules, allow the residents to work with different specialists until their graduation, satisfies the preferences of the residents and conforms with the requirements of the department. Problems of realistic size can be solved to optimality in a reasonable amount of time. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.