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ACGME lifts 16-hour shift cap for first-year residents

Residency Program Insider, March 10, 2017

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The ACGME released revised Common Program Requirements that will allow first-year residents to work longer shifts beginning in July. The revised standards lifts a cap established in 2011 that limited first-year residents to 16-hour shifts. Like upper-level residents, first-year residents will be able to work shifts up to 24 hours with the option to stay on for an additional four hours to address transition care.

The revised standards still cap the total number of clinical and educational hours for all residents to 80 hours a week, averaged over four weeks. Work residents do at home will also count toward that weekly maximum. Moonlighting for first-year residents has also been eliminated.

Source: ACGME



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