Group to consider reducing work hours for residents

03/18/2010 | Washington Post, The

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education next month will consider a proposal to reduce the number of hours medical residents may work per week from 80 to 60. Older physicians worry a reduced cap may mean disrupted patient care and that new doctors will not have seen enough patients or performed enough procedures, but residents complain that a lack of sleep is a patient safety issue.

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