Some Doctors Questioning Whether Shorter Shifts For Interns Are Endangering Patients

Sandra G. Boodman, writing for Kaiser Health News in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: "These days, interns, as first-year residents fresh out of medical school are known, no longer face the punishing shifts Casoy endured just four years ago. In July 2011, after more than two decades of impassioned debate, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) reduced the maximum allowable shift for the least experienced doctors from 30 straight hours to 16. ... But as a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether the rules have made the situation worse" (Boodman, 7/9). Read the story.

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