News in brief: November 2010
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has warned that new rules that cut hours for first year medical residents in the US do not go far enough.
The new rules from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education cover more than 110 000 new doctors in the US and were approved in late September. The biggest changes relate to interns (first year medical residents), cutting their work shift limits from 24 hours to 16 hours, “strongly” recommending “strategic napping,” and increasing supervisory requirements. The council hopes the changes will reduce medical errors caused by interns working long hours, and thereby improve patient safety.
But the AMSA was looking for reductions in shift times across the board, not just for first year residents, and will continue to push for changes to conditions for second year residents and beyond. “We’re going to keep pushing because it involves both patient safety and our safety