First-year residents get shorter shifts under new rule

09/30/2010 | MSNBC

Work shifts for first-year medical residents will be shortened from 24 to 16 hours, with "strategic napping" strongly recommended, under rules adopted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The goal is to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors, but the American Medical Student Association said the new rules should apply to all residents.

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