Residency Headlines

  • Resident handoffs linked to increased patient deaths

    New research presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference shows that when medical residents complete a clinical rotation and hand their patients off to other residents, patient mortality increases significantly.

  • No decision made on lifting duty hour caps

    The ACGME announced this week that more time is needed before making any decision on modifying resident duty hour caps. The ACGME’s task force undertaking the review of its Common Program Requirements, including duty hours and other aspects of physician training, requires more time to analyze data and other input.  

  • Medical school debt outpacing cost of living increases

    The average medical school debt for emergency medicine residents is $212,000, which is about 25% higher than the average mortgage in the United States, according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with emergency medicine residents in California and found that 73% had more than $150,000 in debt. In 2001, less than 20% had $150,000 or more in debt.

  • Heard this week

    “[T]he Task Force has determined that it is premature to issue any proposed modifications to the requirements for the upcoming academic year.”

    - In a letter to the GME community, ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, provided an update on efforts to review and revise the Common Program Requirements.

  • Editor's note

    Dear readers,

    We’re still looking for individuals to share their thoughts about using e-learning courses to train GME professionals and residents. Join us for our focus group call on Monday, June 13 at 12 EDT. Your input could help us develop the tools and products to help you succeed in your role. Please email me if you would like to participate.

    Thanks for reading!

    Son Hoang, editor, Residency Program Insider

  • British medical residents resume contract negotiations

    The British Medical Association, which represent junior physicians (i.e., residents) has placed plans for additional strikes on hold as contract negotiations with the government resume.