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"Interns' Compliance With Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Work-Hours Limits", JAMA

September 5, 2006

Study Finds Interns Nationwide Non-Compliant with Work-Hour Limits for Medical Interns

(Landrigan CP, Barger LK, Cade BE, Ayas NT, Czeisler CA. Interns' Compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Work-Hour Limits.  JAMA 2006). 

Drs. Landrigan and Czeisler in MICU at BWH

Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH (left) and Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston - photo courtesy of Harvard University Gazette/Jason Ide

84% of interns nationwide reported work hours in violation of the new professionally-mandated ACGME rules. These rules continue to allow shifts of up to 30 hours in a row, yet even these permissive limits are routinely exceeded. 

Read the Harvard Medical School Press Release.

Related links
JAMA: Extended Work Duration and the Risk of Self-reported Percutaneous Injuries
Harvard Gazette: Interns continue to work overly long shifts

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