Resident Workhours

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  1. J-J

    J-J Junior Member
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    For anyone who is interested (and it should be all of you guys on this forum), there is a bill in Congress called the HR 3236, the Patient and Physician Safety and Protection Act. It will look out for us when we are residents, ie. no working 36-hour shifts or limiting to 100/wk work hours. New York State already has this law, but we are trying to make it nationwide. Visit the AMSA website for more information, <a href="http://www.amsa.org/." target="_blank">http://www.amsa.org/.</a>
    Thanks guys!! Have a happy New Year!!

    PS - People have told me that handwriting my letters have more of an impact!
     
  2. LR6SO4

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    Please respond to this as you seem to be an AMSA member:
    1) Surgery dept. chairs have thought about increasing the residency length by a year if this bill gets passed. England recently lowered their hours too...look up how long it takes to do a residency there. In procedure programs (surg, ob) you have to do a certain number of procedures to finish.

    2) Show me the money. Residents are cheap labor. The 80/40 rule applies here: hire a PA or NP to cover the residents work at $80,000 for 40 hrs/wk. Now hire 2 for each resident in your program. Those quaint little community hospitals are now out of business. Night float system to cover call? Ever hear of continuity of care?

    3) You are on call and do your 80 hours as a resident from Sunday to Thursday. You are busy, yes. Now on Friday and Saturday after a nice meal and 10 hours of good sleep you want to go and moonlight at your local ER to help pay down some of that debt you have. OOPS! Can't do it. That's in the bill too. Towards the end I believe.

    Take care though, I'm doing everything in my power to stop this bill.
     
  3. J-J

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    Sorry, i am actually NOT an AMSA member. i've just recently heard about this bill and thought it was a good idea. however, i am also new to this website and saw, after i posted my post, that there was a whole thread under the allopathic forum. to tell u the truth i really did not think that much about it until i read all the posts. there are lots of problems with this over worked reisdent issue, but i am open to other ideas that people throw forth. i am a second year and i hope (but really doubt) something will be worked out by the time i become a resident!
     
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  5. LR6SO4

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    see my response to this in the allopathic thread. AMSA is lying.
     
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  7. Tazdoc

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    LR6SO4, I responded as well in the former Allo thread--moved to the Rotations....forum. :)

    Boomer, Hey, I'm with you on the moonlighting issue. And DON'T EVEN start me on Clinton :eek:

    Seriously though, don't lose your perspective of the central issue (and it's not moonlighting) by focusing on the side items.
     

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