Residency Headlines

  • Using video games to teach physicians in training

    Medical educators are finding new ways to incorporate video games into the education of medical students, according to Suraiya Rahman, MD, an assistant professor at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

  • Outcomes not affected by increased work hours

    The first study looking at if residents’ increased duty hours affected patient outcomes has been released and it shows that the justification for work limits may not be there. In an analysis of nearly 140,000 patients, less restrictive duty hour policies (i.e., number of consecutive hours worked and time off between shifts) did not lead to an increase in death or serious complications.

  • Researchers find link between resident burnout and loneliness

    Residents who report significant burnout also tend to be lonelier, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Researchers had internal medicine residents at a large urban academic medical center complete a survey containing the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and a social connectivity component.

  • Heard this week

    “The right answer on how many hours residents should work may be more nuanced than we’ve been willing to accept. It isn’t the same today as it was 20 years ago, as the complexity of caring for patients and medical technology continue to evolve.”

    - Resident Dhruv Khullr, MD, discusses duty hours in a blog post for The New York Times.

  • Editor's note

    Dear readers,

    Results from a study looking at increased duty hours were recently released and it found that longer shifts may not be a safety risk. What do you think about the results? Does this change how you view duty hour restrictions or does it support what you already knew? Will you wait for more information before weighing in? Let me know.

    Thanks for reading!

    Son Hoang, editor, Residency Program Insider

  • The cost of residency interviews

    A recent survey of nearly 1,400 fourth-year medical students from 20 schools found that about two-thirds spent $1,000-$5,000 to interview for residency programs. On average, students applied to about 36 programs and went on to be interviewed at one-third of them.