Beginning July 1st, 2017, the updated Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Common Program Requirements will take effect.
Changes made will include increasing the maximum amount of continuous hours worked from 16 to 24, and requiring all residency programs in the country to ensure both post-call rooms and transportation options for residents who may feel too fatigued to safely return home.
This is a significant change that can hopefully help exhausted residents tackle responsibilities that extend beyond their work in the hospital, like family and children. A recent survey found that 1 in 4 medical students enter residency with children, and that family stressors strongly contribute to emotional exhaustion and burnout.
Are these changes enough to address the issues residents face today? Read more and decide for yourself at KevinMD.