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February 27, 1991

Resident Work Hours and the American Board of Medical Specialties-Reply

Author Affiliations

American Board of Medical Specialties Evanston, Ill

American Board of Medical Specialties Evanston, Ill

JAMA. 1991;265(8):977. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460080047025

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In Reply. —  I wish to point out that the ABMS, in vetoing the general requirement language with respect to resident work hour limitations, does not condone or endorse excessive work hours for resident trainees and acknowledges the need for appropriate times to be set aside for leisure, study, and regeneration.On the other hand, the ABMS feels that it is entirely inappropriate to make specific statements in the section on general requirements about work hours that may not be applicable to all specialties. It would have been preferable to adhere to the original language proposed by the Residency Review Committee Chairmen's Council, which stated:Assignments of in-hospital duty hours and call schedules must ensure that residents are not regularly required to perform excessively prolonged periods of duty and that they have adequate opportunities to rest and study. The actual number of hours worked by residents may vary according to