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September 4, 2002

New Requirements for Resident Duty Hours

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Chicago, Ill (Ms Philibert); Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass (Dr Friedmann); and Department of Medical Administration, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC (Dr Williams).
Corresponding Author and Reprints: Ingrid Philibert, MHA, MBA, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Medical Association, 515 N State St, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60610 (e-mail: iphilibert@acgme.org).

JAMA. 2002;288(9):1112-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.288.9.1112

Many physicians recall their residency experiences as the best of times and the worst of times. The best refers to the camaraderie and shared values, the exponential growth in knowledge and skills, and lifelong friendships formed. The worst includes the demanding nature of the work, the difficulty of dealing with illness and death, and last, but certainly not least, the long hours. Extensive duty hours are a necessary component of resident education and a public symbol of a profession that requires hard work and dedication.

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