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Medical Residents Divided on Work-Hour Changes
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A recent survey of medical residents, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that newly minted doctors are divided on new work-hour rules—and many tend to view them negatively. At least one advocate of the reforms, however, questions how well residents understand the changes—or the rationale behind them. In September, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved a set of requirements that, among other provisions, preserves the 80-hour limit on the resident workweek and requires that first-year residents work no more than 16 hours continuously.