Yale Keeps Surgery Accreditation By DIANE SCARPONI Associated Press Writer NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ? Yale-New Haven Hospital's surgical residency program will keep its accreditation after agreeing to limit the hours worked by resident doctors, a national accreditation group said Monday. The accreditation had been threatened because some surgeons-in-training worked more than 100 hours a week or were on call every other night. The program also did not file paperwork and meet other requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. With few exceptions, residents in all of Yale's programs are now limited to working 80 hours a week and no more than 24 consecutive hours. On Monday, the council said accreditation will be granted for two years. ``We're just all extremely pleased,'' said Dr. Rosemarie Fisher, director and associate dean for graduate medical education at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The program has about 50 surgical residents at Yale-New Haven and two other area hospitals. Without accreditation, the hospitals would have lost federal funds and surgeons-in-training, who need to complete an accredited program to get their medical licenses, would have abandoned the program. The threatened censure of Yale's venerable and well-respected program prompted hospitals nationwide to study the issue of residents' workloads. Also, Congress is considering setting legal limits on hours worked by residents.