Originally posted by riley290
Those stories do suck. Hopefully new laws will be implemented before I go through residency.
Programs under the jurisdiction of the RRC have until July 1, 2003 to comply with the new restrictions (ie, average 80 hr workweek, no more than 24+6 hrs on straight, call no more than q3, 10 hrs off between shifts, average 1 full day off a week, etc.) Many programs are already shifting into these changes, and while I'm still working more than 80 hrs per week, its a lot better than it used to be (however, I do think I'm not on call enough).
Originally posted by Kimberli Cox
Thanks to Centrum for quoting my earlier post which addressed resident work hours. Programs which want to remain accredited will HAVE to comply with the RRC regulations after July 1, 2003 (note that not all programs are accredited or under RRC rules, but any allopathic program to which you apply and match should be). Yale has been made an example of (see earlier threads dealing with their "punishment") and programs are forced to comply.
I don't know about "this--my program already has several mechanisms in place to have us all work frequent 36 hour shifts in each of the 3 years on a "voluntary" basis and/or other ways of making it look like we aren't really doing that. I don't think anyone would ever report them--no one would support you, people would "?nterpret the reality" differently etc. oh well. (we need a smilie that looks like someone half-asleep!)