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The Effect of Work Hour Regulations on Personal Development during Residency

Melinda E. Glines, MD
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From Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, and University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Ann Intern Med. 2004;140(10):818-819. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-140-10-200405180-00021
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In my first week of residency, I spoke with some of the graduating residents about their plans for the future. I asked them a question they had probably heard many times: “What are you going to do next?” Most of them were taking time off to travel or spend time with their families. Some were planning to do part-time, locum tenens work to pay off loans. Only a few of the class of 12 residents had conventional full-time positions lined up. I was surprised that this dynamic and accomplished group of new family physicians did not seem very interested in practicing medicine, at least not full-time.

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