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Editor's Correspondence
July 10, 2006

Resident Hours in the Pursuit of Better Health Care

Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(13):1423. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.13.1423-a

We enjoyed reading the 3 articles regarding residency training years published in the December 2005 issue of the ARCHIVES.1-3

Although we will be accused of being “old school” in our approaches to postmedical education, all 3 of us are impressed that most of the didactic teaching that residents receive occur early in each day, especially during weekdays. This often seems less instructional in its clinical and practical aspects than in the one-on-one contact that happens urgently in the later hours between students, attending physicians, and patients.