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J Am Coll Radiol. 2010 Jan;7(1):56-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2009.08.002.

Resident duty hour limits: recommendations by the IOM and the response from the radiology community.

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  • 1Department of Diagnostic Imaging, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, USA.


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) set duty hour limits across all specialties nationally in 2003 to promote safe patient care and resident well-being. At the request of Congress, the Institute of Medicine studied the issue of patient safety and resident work hours and recently issued a report calling for further restrictions on resident duty hours, better resident supervision, and new federal oversight of the ACGME in monitoring resident duty hours. The authors review the history behind the current ACGME requirements, outline the Institute of Medicine's recommendations, and report on the response from the radiology community.

Copyright 2010 American College of Radiology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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