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J Gen Intern Med. 2004 May;19(5 Pt 2):519-23.

Teaching and learning in an 80-hour work week: a novel day-float rotation for medical residents.

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  • 1Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency, Waterbury, CT 06706, USA. jwong@stmh.org


The 80-hour workweek limit for residents provides an opportunity for residency directors to creatively innovate their programs. Our novel day-float rotation augmented both the educational structure within the inpatient team setting and the ability for house staff to complete their work within the mandated limits. Descriptive evaluation of the rotation was performed through an end-of-rotation questionnaire. The average length of the ward residents' work week was quantified before and after the rotation's implementation. Educational portfolios and mentored peer-teaching opportunities enriched the rotation. As measured by our evaluation, this new rotation enhanced learning and patient care while reducing work hours for inpatient ward residents.

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