Residency

Help new medical school grads adjust to 24-hour shifts

Residency Program Insider, May 19, 2017

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Revised ACGME Common Program Requirements permitting first-year residents to work shifts up to 24 hours go into effect July 1. Reaction to the change has been mixed among residents and young physicians who recently completed their residencies. Regardless, the change in requirements is coming and AMA Wire recently compiled the following tips to help new graduates with longer shifts:

  • Residents should relax during the day before a 24-hour shift. Participating in non-taxing activities and getting a good night’s rest will ensure they have the energy for a longer shift.
  • During their shifts, residents should remember to stay hydrated and carry healthy snacks. Finding time for a quick nap or to engage in light exercise can also be restorative.
  • Resident can use the longer shifts to build professional relationships with colleagues, nurses, and techs, which will strengthen teamwork, camaraderie, and interpersonal communication.


Source: AMA Wire
 



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