Reuters reports that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has voted to increase shift hour limits for first-year residents from 16 to 24 hours, with a limit of 80 hours worked per week. 

Supporters of shorter limits have argued that patient care could be impacted by residents who are overworked. However, recent research has yielded evidence supporting the view that reduced work hour limits have had little positive impact on patient safety, but may adversely affect resident training. Learn more...

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