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Effects of Extended Work Hours on Intern Health and Safety

DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2011-116
cover of 2011-116

The current work hour guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recently limited work hours for U.S. medical residents to less than 320 hours in a fourweek period, but still allow interns in the United States to work 30 consecutive hours every other shift. Although sleep deprivation, inherent in these schedules, has been shown to impair neurobehavioral performance and negatively affect health, these long hallmark of medical education in the United States.