The Effects of Restricted Work Hours on Clinical Training

Karamanoukian, Raffy L.; Ku, Joseph K.; DelaRosa, Jacob; Karamanoukian, Hratch L.; Evans, Gregory R. D.
January 2006
American Surgeon;Jan2006, Vol. 72 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
Resident education has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. With the implementation of restricted work hours on clinical training, questions have arisen whether these restricted hours will affect clinical competency. This manuscript attempts to answer this question through a survey performed to assess the perception of residents about duty-hour restrictions and the potential effect on residents' clinical exposure. In this study, a majority of the respondents did believe that work-week restrictions significantly affected patient care and clinical exposure. However, few respondents were willing to accept an additional year of training to compensate for the loss of this clinical exposure. Regardless, work-hour restrictions are here to stay and will probably be further limited in the future. Training programs will have to adjust to provide the necessary clinical exposure while complying with these new ACGME guidelines.


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