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News and briefs: VA med centers turn to physician extenders for duty hour relief

Residency Program Insider, September 25, 2012

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The balance of resting and properly training residents at Veteran Affairs (VA) medical centers is a challenge. Under the ACGME duty-hour regulations, VA medical centers’ most common solution to the problem is hiring physician extenders, according to a survey published in the September issue of The American Journal of Surgery.

The most common physician extender cited is a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Other solutions mentioned by respondents include using/hiring a:

  • Surgical hospitalist
  • Surgical resident moonlighter
  • Night float for residents

 A physician extender is hired to work as a trainee to handle specific duties, according to a news-medical.net article on the survey.

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