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Surgery residents says duty hour limitations impede training

Residency Program Insider, July 21, 2009

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Forty-one percent of recently surveyed surgical residents report that work hour restrictions are a considerable or moderate barrier to their education, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

“Our current system limits educational opportunities for surgeons who are expressing a desire and a need to learn more in a compact time frame,” said Jacob Moalem, MD, Department of Surgery, University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center in an American College of Surgeons press release.

Of the 599 respondents, less than one-third of the residents felt that their education was not negatively affected by duty hour requirements, and 27% said that the standards were a minimal barrier to their training.



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