| September 11, 2019. The majority of residents worked 60 or more hours per week, and almost one in five worked 80 or more hours. Haluck Each program has to correct as they can. The hospital is our classroom, and there is a lot of variation in each hospital. Since 2017, when the latest reform was implemented by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the cap remains 80 clinical â¦ DWGawande Work-hour limits have dominated the discussion about our training programs, but within this debate is an issue of service vs education. Have you utilized protocols to a greater extent in your hospital, and have protocols and best practices helped in this dilemma that you have, as far as the work hours? “It’s something that touches all of us, and we need to figure out how to manage and mitigate it.”. The survey was given to all clinical residents 3 times during the year; all surveys were before the July 1, 2003, date for mandatory compliance with the 80-hour workweek. TMMelkonian In 2008, the National Academy of Medicine recommended that resident physicians work no more than 16 consecutive hours without sleep. Public Citizen petitions the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to implement regulations for the work hours of resident physicians and subspecialty resident physicians, (i.e., medical and surgical fellows), building from the recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine in its 2009 Report, Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety. Maximum shift length of 13 hours. You may have heard residency can be grueling, and the hours can be long. Whitcomb The conflict between service and education continues to be a source of tension in our current model of medical training, and separating these 2 is often difficult.5 Our objectives in performing this analysis were not only to allow the trainees to record their work hours but also to assess their educational time vs noneducational (service) time. The similarity between sites and years suggests that the trainees were consistent in their use of the survey tool. The percentage of total work hours devoted to noneducational patient care varied from 10% to 31%. Data about what the residents are doing on duty, rather than simply how many hours they spend on duty, are required. The 80-hour workweek has forced surgical residency programs, first in New York and now across the country, to reexamine call schedules, monitor duty hours, and grapple with the financial burden of a reduced resident workforce. The overall mean percentage of noneducational time by resident postgraduate level and rotation site was compared using analysis of variance and SAS PROC GLM (SAS Institute, Cary, NC). In 2016, the ACGME requested position statements on resident and fellow work hours from every specialty society and program directors association. 15 Each makes the case that the others should fund the current workforce shortage occurring as a result of decreased resident work hours, and programs must try creative solutions to get by. doi:10.1001/archsurg.139.5.490. Duncan multiple comparisons method was used for pairwise comparisons.6 The mean percentage of noneducational time between weeks with more than 80 hours worked and weeks with 80 hours or less worked was compared using t test. The study examined whether 30-day mortality, 30-day readmissions and inpatient spending varied depending on whether physicians were exposed to resident work-hour reforms. Does spending less time in hospital mean medical residents are less prepared to practise medicine? Residents spend a large amount of time in noneducational activities. A work-hour survey was developed defining 5 areas of activity: patient care related to educational objectives, required educational activities, patient care activities unrelated to educational objectives, off-duty educational activity, and off-duty hours. They do a few scopes, and they have the opportunity to stay and do more or go home. R The debate over residents' work hours. AEWallace However, he added, improving resident wellness requires a more nuanced approach than simply reducing work hours. RAJimenez Dr Brasel: We do have protocols on many of the services. RDaRosa This might need to occur as reallocation of graduate medical education Medicare dollars, more medical school support financing of clinical faculty educational efforts, or even tuition for medical education from resident trainees. But even if work hours don’t seem to influence patient outcomes, they might be worth limiting for the sake of resident wellness, according to Dr. Emily Stewart, president of Resident Doctors of Canada. The curriculum is certainly something we are struggling with both locally and nationally, and the question is if we have a more defined and uniform curriculum, not only locally but across the country, will that help with some of the work hours and some of the struggles with trying to come up with different things for every specific program? Thirdly, do you really have enough data to tell what it is you need to eliminate? One study showed that medical interns made 35.9 percent more serious medical errors during a schedule with shifts of 24 or more consecutive hours than on a reduced schedule with shifts of 16 hours or less. Weeks “Just because something doesn’t improve patient outcomes doesn’t mean it might not be worth doing for other reasons,” he said. © 2021 American Medical Association. But few errors cause injury and the effects could be different in other clinical settings, according to the study. et al. Dr Brasel: I wish I had the answer to that one. Accessibility Statement, Hours Spent in Each Activity by Resident Level. JB A study of the on-duty hours of surgical residents. SNickerson Total work hours and noneducational work hours were analyzed by resident level, rotation, and category. Knapp On trauma, the chiefs, as well as the rest of the residents, go home post call so whether they are a IV or V chief on the trauma service, they go home post call. There are protocols or pathways for most of the uncomplicated bowel operations, biliary surgery, pancreatic surgery; there are protocols on the trauma service, as well as in the ICU. Some fill out their hours on a daily basis, and some do it at the end of the week. Steinbrook Most of us can't hire 50 to 80 PAs as done at some institutions. AA Improving safety with information technology. If the service aspect is paramount, then funding from the service part of our health care system is logical. First, eliminating these service hours would allow compliance with the 80-hour workweek without major restructuring of the educational program. Examples of the 5 categories were discussed and clarified. JCStemmer At any given time, 42 general surgery residents are assigned to clinical rotations at 1 of these 5 hospitals. I do not know whether our residents completed the surveys at the end of the day or at the end of the week, but they were required to turn them in at the end of the week. We have to change our model. Are they waiting for reports and trying to get a patient discharged? This approach will require more curriculum and faculty development for all of us and will need to be focused on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies.9 The model may need to incorporate aspects of graduate school curricula, rather than the experiential or immersion model that has functioned as the foundation of surgical residency for so long.5,7,8 Carefully planned conferences, study hall, skills laboratory training, and guided self-study are ideas that need to be explored and adopted more widely.7,8,10-12 Even the operating room, an obvious educational venue, is underused.13. Compliance with the 80-hour workweek has improved, with an overall mean of approximately 70 hours and with 30% of reported weeks comprising more than 80 work hours (compared with almost 50% before July 1, 2003). Fewer than one quarter (21.9%) of work hours were unrelated to educational activities. As a whole, the program was compliant with the 80-hour workweek, averaging 76.6 h/wk (Table 1). Other specialties, such as surgery, require call and are more time-consuming. “When they have to excuse themselves from the [operating room] in the middle of a case, they feel like they didn’t get what they needed to get out of it.”. RN Use of a human patient simulator in the development of resident trauma management skills. They are not only worried because of the restrictions of these new rules, but they are worried because of reports of summary withdrawal without probation and the probation of some programs at prestigious institutions. Graduate medical education is now funded by Medicare, Medicaid, hospitals, medical schools, voluntary health organizations, and faculty practice plans.15 Each makes the case that the others should fund the current workforce shortage occurring as a result of decreased resident work hours, and programs must try creative solutions to get by. The researchers did not find any major differences in patient outcomes between internists in their first year of practice who were exposed to reforms and those trained before reforms came into effect. Maximum average 48 hour working week with doctors who opt out of the WTR capped at maximum average of 56 working hours per week. Jena is the lead author of a recent study published in The BMJ evaluating the impact of resident work hours on long-term quality of care. This study â aâ¦ Leigh Anne Neumayer, MD, Salt Lake City, Utah: I would like to congratulate the authors on being ahead of the curve as far as I can tell with the 80-hour workweek and also in attempting to quantify what their residents are doing, which is something that we all need to know. It was actually 2 weeks, 2 weeks, and then 1 week, and the interns either did not learn how to be more efficient or our system does not allow them to be more efficient late in the year compared to early in the year, at least, again, as they categorized their hours. Others lie. Interventions Still, he wasn’t surprised to see little variation in performance between the two groups. We need to make changes fast, but can we afford the changes? DJCochrane Before 2003, physicians in training in US internal medicine residency programs routinely worked more than 80 hours a week, with shifts often lasting 30 hours or more Concerns about high work hours for resident physicians first arose in New York state in 1984 after a widely publicized death in a teaching hospital. There is no difference in attendance requirement by resident postgraduate level. All Rights Reserved, Challenges in Clinical Electrocardiography, Clinical Implications of Basic Neuroscience, Health Care Economics, Insurance, Payment, Scientific Discovery and the Future of Medicine, United States Preventive Services Task Force, 2004;139(5):490-494. doi:10.1001/archsurg.139.5.490. Thomas R. Russell, Chicago, Ill: One thing that I hear frequently from program directors is the idea of continuity of care, and you are obviously shifting some of your care to nonphysicians, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, and subinterns. Off-duty hours included sleep, recreational time, and vacation. This study was presented at the 111th Scientific Session of the Western Surgical Association; November 10, 2003; Tucson, Ariz; and is being published after peer review and revision. Was it at the end of their workday, at the end of the week, end of the month? The following section will review the outcome of the EWTD for medical residents since its implementation. In a landmark study, Williamson and Feyer compared volunteers who were sleep deprived and those who were intoxicated. Dr Brasel: As I said, the residents reported, and it is a self-report, so there is some bias. Conclusions W. Wartman Residents worked 80 hours or less for 57 weeks and more than 80 hours for 53 weeks. Thorpe Arch Surg. MG Are surgery training programs ready for virtual reality? The law was named after Libby Zion, who died in 1984 at the age of 18 under the care of what her father believed to be overworked resident physicians and intern physicians. JJ Honoring the "E" in GME. Vijay K. Mittal, MD, Southfield, Mich: I just wondered about changes in the curriculum. Dr. Kevin Imrie, physician-in-chief at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and cochair of the Fatigue Risk Management Taskforce, said the new study contributed an important finding, but like Jena, he wasn’t surprised by the results. What effect do you think the change is going to have on the surgeon practicing 20 years from now? Those people are some of the ancillary support staff that are going to have to take some of the tasks that have traditionally fallen on the residents in terms of the discharge planning and information overload. So a group of researchers decided to follow thousands of medical residents at dozens of hospitals around the country. That is, were the interns doing more scut work at the beginning of the academic year than they were further on, because that would lend some more validity to your model? They also continue to do more traditional service activities at the Veterans Affairs medical center, including drawing blood, performing electrocardiograms, and transporting patients. However, the culture of calling residents for minor details of patient care and clarification of orders continues. MJMcAdams JA Medical education crisis: not just an issue of work hours [commentary]. TMHaluck Long and unpredictable work hours have been a staple of medical training for centuries. At the beginning of the evaluation period, the program director met with all the residents and explained the reason for the survey, the mechanics of the survey, and the definitions used for the 5 categories. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize data. In 2003, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) put a cap on the number of hours that medical residents can work in a given time frame. MMAshley Our residents spend approximately 23% of their on-duty time in noneducational activities. R Financing graduate medical education and limiting resident work hours: a political assessment. You talked about what Dr Myriam Curet has done. The discussions that follow this article are based on the originally submitted manuscript and not the revised manuscript. It did not vary by total hours worked, averaging 21% for rotations of more than 80 h/wk and 23% for rotations of 80 h/wk or less. The first year of residency is often the worsâ¦ Focusing on excessive hours deals only with the symptoms, not the root cause of the problem.22 It is unfortunate that much of the work-hour discussion focuses on resident health and satisfaction, patient outcomes, and costs.23 What is missing is the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education emphasis on competency and outcome; the discussion should be centered on how to educate competent surgeons and how best to use the time from an educational perspective. The survey response rate was 52%, covering 110 workweeks. As per the rules of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educationin the United States of America, residents are allowed to work a max of 80 hours a week. 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