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Studies raise questions about limiting intern hours
Modern Healthcare

Limiting first-year medical residents to a 16-hour work shift was intended to improve patient safety while enhancing the educational experience and quality of life for doctors in training. But now, two studies posted on the website of JAMA Internal Medicine suggest the opposite may be occurring.

First-year residents, also known as interns, are now sleeping about the same hours as before, while not seeing an increase in quality of life and actually reporting more errors that harm patients, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the universities of Michigan and Pennsylvania, and other institutions.