The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved a new set of resident duty hour
restrictions to be implemented by July 1, 2011.
articleid=1672284#AuthorInformation) In a paper published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, a team of researchers led by University of Michigan Medical School scientists compared the performance of more than 2,300 first-year medical residents that served at 51 different residency programs before and after the new duty hour
requirements went into effect.
The ACGME 2011 Duty Hour
Standards: Enhancing Quality of Care, Supervision, and Resident Professional Development .
Many academic programs began focusing on meeting the duty hour
restrictions, perhaps at the expense of education.
The council's "common duty hour
standards" call for a 24-hour limit on continuous duty, with an additional 6 hours allowed for continuity and the transfer of care, as well as an 80-hour weekly limit averaged over 4 weeks.
Students should complete courses during nonduty hours unless supervisor approval allows for duty hour
The council said it has issued citations to individual programs for duty hour
violations and has done resident surveys that demonstrate a compliance rate of 94%.
Impact of duty hour
limits on resident training in otolaryngology.
Neurosurgical practice is unique and duty hour
standards must reflect this fact.
Nicholas Smedira, Co-Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at The Cleveland Clinic commented, "As a teaching hospital, The Cleveland Clinic seeks to comply with the resident duty hour
guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
There are now large notice boards at the venue which clearly state, 'No vehicles will be allowed to park after duty hours
, otherwise vehicles will be towed away after 24 hours at the owner's expense as per Ministry of Interior instructions'.
He said heads of your families give less time to you due to their tough duty hours
but it is really appreciable that you have secured good marks in your classes.