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News and briefs: Mass General surgery back in compliance

Residency Program Insider, February 21, 2012

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The ACGME reaccredited the surgery program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston—one of the oldest residency programs in the country—after it spent two years on probation.

According to an article on Boston.com, the surgery program received a five-year accreditation from the ACGME at the end of 2011. The program was placed on probation after violating resident hour restrictions, which led to fatigue-related mistakes. The article references a 2007 survey where 20% of surgery residents indicated not receiving consistent breaks between shifts and another 20% exceeding the 88 hours per week restrictions during difficult rotations.

Members of the program credit a culture change of encouraging tired medical residents to go home and focus on documenting resident hours for overcoming the probation.

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