Resident education: Rule changes compel innovation

By Sally Chapralis

Residency programs adapt to residency work hour regulations
When the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) established new resident work hour rules in 2003, many practicing physicians bemoaned the “softening” of the resident experience. But the ACGME saw the changes as steps to improve patient safety and to enhance the resident educational experiences.

“As someone who experienced residency before and after the rules, I support them,” says Ryan Dopirak, MD, who completed his residency and fellowship last year. “They bring more of a balance of service and education, which should be the goal of a residency.” He also notes that “every other industry that has people’s lives at risk maintains regulations for work hours.”

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