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Benefits of Resident Work Hours Regulation

Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD; Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, MD; Peter Pompei, MD; and Stanley Rockson, MD
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From Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Ann Intern Med. 2004;140(10):816-817. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-140-10-200405180-00020
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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 (13). 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.

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