Residency

Consumer group urges ACGME to curb resident duty hours

Residency Program Insider, February 9, 2010

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The agency that accredits U.S. residency programs should limit allowable residents' consecutive work hours to 16 instead of 30 because the long shifts lead to errors that threaten lives of patients as well as their own, the health watchdog Public Citizen said Thursday.

The advocacy group's leaders want more relaxed work rules in graduate medical education. The group launched www.WakeUpDoctor.org, a Web site that collects patients' and residents' stories of harmful errors by medical students who didn't get enough sleep, aimed at pressuring the accreditation agency to establish fewer work hours. Some 40 patient safety organizations, such as the Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project, are participating in the campaign.

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