Advocacy Brief: IOM Issues Report on Resident Duty Hours
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on December 2nd that recommended more sleep and more supervision of resident physicians training in teaching hospitals. The report, "Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety," recognizes that residents need to gain experience in order to practice safely and competently, and recommends steps to create safer conditions within the existing duty hour limits established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Specifically, the report calls for: increased opportunities for sleep; improved resident supervision; limits on resident workloads; enhanced patient handovers with more overlapping time as residents go off and come on duty; and stronger enforcement of duty hour restrictions by the ACGME. The full report can be found here.
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