Residency

Surgery residents prefer flexible hours

Residency Program Insider, December 2, 2016

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Results of the Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial find that general surgery residents at all levels favor flexible duty hours. Eighty-six percent of the surveyed trainees preferred a flexible duty hour policy over the current policy limiting them to an 80-hour workweek.

The researchers also found that as residents assume more patient care responsibilities, their desire for more flexibility generally increases. Of the FIRST Trial participants, nearly 85% of first year residents preferred the flexible hours, compared to 84% of junior residents, and 89% of senior residents. 

Source: The American College of Surgeons



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