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December 10, 2014

Duty Hour Requirements: Time for a New Approach?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2University of Vermont College of Medicine, Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Burlington
JAMA. 2014;312(22):2342-2344. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15580

Few issues have engendered more passionate debate in the graduate medical education community in the last decade than the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) duty hour program requirements. The premise of work hour restrictions in a profession in which errors may result in harm to the public makes intuitive sense, as does the premise that sleep deprivation detracts from an individual’s overall well-being and ability to learn. Why, then, does the debate about duty hour requirements continue?