6th Year MSTP
University of Michigan
Post #4 of the "Back to the Wards" series focusing on the transition from research years back to the medical school and clinical rotations.
When I started medical school, there was substantial debate swirling about changing residency work hours, particularly for interns who were putting in untold hours at the hospital clearly to the detriment of their personal wellbeing, and potentially to the detriment of patient care. These arguments sparked discussions of the best way to train physicians to work independently, how to maintain continuity of care without endless work hours, and even how to measure progress on these issues. Ultimately, resident work hours were limited to 80 hours per week and shifts limited to 30 hours. AMSA helped to draft the legislation that implemented these first changes, and continues to advocate for better conditions for residents and students.
As I’m preparing to return to the wards, the controversy has flared again, though this time regulations have already passed. The 80 hour work week remains in place, but first year residents (interns) may only work 16 consecutive hours. (In addition, as detailed in news articles here and here, stricter ...