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October 2017

Perspective of Surgical Resident Trainees on Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Changes in Resident Work Environment and Duty Hours

Author Affiliations
  • 1Bay Heart and Vascular, McLaren Bay Region, Bay City, Michigan
  • 2Department of Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • 3Department of Surgery, The Pennsylvania State University, Hershey
  • 4Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(10):907-908. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2215

The recent announcement from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) regarding the restructuring of duty hour policies for surgical trainees has again catapulted this highly debated issue into the forefront of both surgical education and the mainstream media. These changes, significantly influenced by evidence, namely data from the Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Training (FIRST) trial,1 have been controversial and met with varying degrees of criticism. While a charged and polarizing topic, it is nonetheless a very important one to address.

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