Follow-Up

Five years later, adjusting to the 80-hour week

In July 2003, when the national council overseeing medical education limited residents’ work hours to no more than 80 per week, medical school faculty and hospital staff around the country saw the intervention as a mixed blessing [See “Recreating the Residency,” Fall/Winter 2004]. On the one hand, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education was responding to public fears that overworked residents might make poor medical decisions; on the other hand, fewer hours on duty carry the risk of less continuity of care.At the School of Medicine, balancing these two concerns has called for flexibility. “We’ve had to adapt continually, and we’re still adapting,” said Rosemarie L. Fisher, M.D., HS ’75,...

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