Brent Brown, MD; Robert Whang, MD
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To the editor: I am writing in response to an article by the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (1) on the stresses encountered by physicians during residency training. Some have implicated long hours as a cause of depression and stressful family relations, and believe that these schedules have deleterious effects on patient care (2). Various public figures, state legislatures, housestaff unions, and physician-educators have recommended reducing the hours of housestaff (3). Some internists have raised concerns that many medical students are entering lucrative specialties with flexible hours in preference to careers in internal medicine (4). The perceived rigors
Brown B, Whang R. Better Housestaff Schedules. Ann Intern Med. ;110:247–248. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-3-247
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(3):247-248.
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