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USA Today: Op-Ed point/counterpoint on resident work hours

December 19, 2006

Following its December 12th front page piece: "Long hospital shifts, lack of sleep can kill, study says - Tired medical residents make more errors", USA Today hosted the following editorial point/counterpoint in its Opinion pages on December 19, 2006:

Adrienne Lewis, USA Today, Our view on doctors in training:
Sleep - deprivation studies fail to wake up teaching hospitals
Why are residents still working marathon shifts, endangering patients?

David C. Leach, Executive Director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Opposing view:
More hours, better doctors
Good patient care is complex; residents are students, not workers.

Related Links:
Extended Work Hours Associated with Increased Risk of Medical Errors and Fatalities

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