For the past six years, first-year resident physicians have been limited to 16-hour shifts. However, beginning in July, this will change when 24-hour shifts will once again be allowed for new physicians, plus an additional 4 hours if necessary.
This new rule is meant to give training programs more flexibility, eliminate abrupt handoffs of patients, and enhance teamwork among doctors and supervisors. Even some residents have advocated for longer work hours, saying that the shorter work limits have a negative impact on continuity of patient care.
How do you feel about allowing new physicians to work longer shifts? Is it beneficial, or can it do more harm than good? Read more about this and decide for yourself at Interim Physicians.