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ACGME proposes allowing first year residents to work longer shifts

Residency Program Insider, November 4, 2016

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Today the ACGME released proposed revisions to the Common Program Requirements, which includes removing the 16-hour shift limit for first year residents. Under the proposed change, programs would be allowed to schedule first year residents for shifts of up to 24 hours with an additional four hours to manage transitions in care.

The decision behind the proposed change was based on research that found that allowing longer shifts wouldn’t increase risks or endanger patients and may actually better prepare residents for practice. In a letter addressed to the GME community, ACGME CEO Thomas Nasca, MD, MACP, said, “Residents must develop the skills and the confidence to manage challenging situations, under supervision, and must learn to care for patients over extended hours, and during night-time hours, because these are circumstances they will encounter after graduation.”

The deadline for public comments on the all the proposed revisions is Monday, December 19.

Source: ACGME
 



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