Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD; Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, MD; Peter Pompei, MD; Stanley Rockson, MD
Skeff K., Ezeji-Okoye S., Pompei P., Rockson S.; Benefits of Resident Work Hours Regulation. Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:816-817. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-140-10-200405180-00020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;140(10):816-817.
The new regulations for resident work hours are part of a long evolutionary process of change in medical education, representing the most dramatic innovation in recent history to calibrate the work hours for residents. Implementing the requirements has not been easy. Most institutions and departments have experienced serious challenges (1-3). Moreover, many educators are concerned that by focusing on a maximum number of work hours and a “deadline” for leaving the hospital, the regulations threaten both the educational process and the meaning of professional responsibility.
Despite these current challenges, we highlight several positive effects of the new regulations. This is not to say that our own initial experience has been universally positive. We have, like others, been challenged to ensure continuity and quality of patient care, protect valued educational experiences, and continue to emphasize collegiality and teamwork. Although data that validate the positive outcomes are scarce, we believe that the changes have had and will continue to have positive effects (Table).
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