SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I realize that with the new 80 hour work week, there will be more pressure than ever on Surgical residents and the residency programs to perfrom at higer standards. Since every resident will now technically have time to sleep and read, there should be no mistakes in the OR or wards and everyone should be getting 100% on their exams! I have heard, while on the interview trail, that programs that dont maintain such high standards may get the boot and even without probation. I have also been told that the RRC is actively looking to close surgery programs down. My question is: Has the 80 hour work week really had enough test drives to show it will really improve the standards of every surgical residency program? Some smaller programs (with maybe 13-15 residents) where I have interviewed at are really feeling the squeeze since they dont have the man power to cover for the 80 hour work week.