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Nationwide duty hour study underway

Residency Program Insider, October 30, 2015

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A study led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania is testing the effectiveness of duty hour limits by allowing residents across the country to work 30-hour shifts. Six thousand internal medicine residents in 63 programs are participating in the study, which began July 1. At 31 programs, the current duty hour limits are followed—first-year residents can work up to 16 hours; and second- and third-year residents can work up to 24 hours. At the other 32 programs, directors are allowed to schedule 30 hour shifts for residents. Results of the study are expected in 2019.

Source: The Washington Post



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