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March 20, 2013

Professionalism in Graduate Medical Education—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine (Drs Arora and Farnan) (varora@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu) and Pritzker School of Medicine (Dr Humphrey), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Humphrey).

JAMA. 2013;309(11):1110-1112. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1678

In Reply:We agree with Dr Desai and colleagues that more rigorous investigation into the effect of duty hours and how to optimize resident health, education, and patient safety in graduate medical education is needed. Because such research will require time and funding to complete, waiting for results of this work will not help current residents who continue to face conflicting messages and ethical dilemmas, such as leaving the hospital or lying about their hours.

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