new residency work hours and med school

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  1. chef

    chef Senior Member

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    as many of u already know there'll be new policy in effect next yr on residency hrs (80hrs/wk max, 10hr break after 24hr shift).

    what implications, if any, will this new policy have on med students in 3rd & 4th yrs? will med students have to do MORE scutwork b/c residents won't be doing them, or will med students also BENEFIT from this and do less calls?
     
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    Technically, the new resident rules do not apply to students.

    However, I think most medical schools will implement policies for students that mirror those of residents... meaning students will probably go home post-call, etc.

    I, too, wonder what kind of increased scutwork will be placed on students. That's all I want to do -- pay someone so I can do their scutwork.
     
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    Are those hours limitations for all 50 states or is that for some states that adopt that law?
     
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    All 50, although if I remember correctly, hospitals can apply for a hardship extension that allows them to make residents stay up to 88 hours/wk.
     
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    I don't know about you guys, but rumor around DO world is that residencies will be increased by 1 year because "80 hours work weeks simply are not enough to properly train a physician" blah blah blah.
     
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    I think we've all heard the rumors of residencies being increased by a year because of these new rules. Only time will tell. I think a lot of the old school physicians use that as a threatening statement. Some programs normally work 70-90 hours per week anyhow, and for those programs, I can't see how extending GME by one year will make a difference.
     

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