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October 10, 2012

Work hours rules are contentious

This US News article is a bit mealy-mouthed on the impact of work hours rules for residency. I imagine someone outside and new to the debate (like a journalist) would be surprised at the vehemence on all sides. I remember I was.

There was a time when "car accident while driving home" was the number one killer of residents. The idea that (according to the above article) "Ninety-five percent of neurosurgical residency program directors, and 84 percent of chief residents, reported that a reduced workweek would 'jeopardize patient care'" is a hard trade-off.

Posted by rbrent at October 10, 2012 07:06 AM


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