Resident work hours.

December 2 was the fifth anniverery of the 80-hour work week implemented by the ACGME in 2003.  Now the Institute of Medicine released the update on the findings.  They recommend further work restrictions, however they come with a cost of 1.7 billion dollars.  They say that residents are still too fatigued.  resident-work-suggestions

I’m not sure about these recommendations.  Of course they would need to be implimented by the ACGME to have any teeth, but I don’t think residencies will survive  with further restrictions.  One change might come to the residency I am in — night float.  We currently have a call system, but I am in favor of the night float system because I think it will reduce the 30 hours calls.


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