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Shorter Hours for Residents May Come with Financial Consequences
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Reduced residency duty-hour rules could increase hospitals’ financial burdens and hinder education efforts, according to a report published in Minnesota Medicine. Authors Dr. Allison Duran-Nelson, Dr. Joan Van Camp, and Dr. Louis Ling of the University of Minnesota suggest that new rules proposed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to limit first year residents’ work-day hours to 16 could have the unintended consequence of causing “more stress for those physicians who want to be there for their patients.” Longer shifts are currently the norm.

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