Starting in July, some internal medicine residents and interns will have fewer limitations on their work hours as participants in a forthcoming randomized trial, the Comparative Effectiveness of Models Optimizing Patient Safety and Resident Education (iCOMPARE) trial. Last July, general surgery residents also began working a more flexible schedule with fewer duty-hour restrictions as part of the Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) trial. Both trials are aimed at investigating the effect of the most recent regulations instituted in 2011 limiting trainee duty hours, with the goal of informing policies to optimize the quality and safety of patient care and the education of residents.
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