Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
Duty-hour rules concerning for surgical interns: study
Surgical resident interns beginning their training under the July 2011 duty-hour rules have significant concerns about patient care and their education, according to a recent study.
The study, published in the Archives of Surgery, compares intern and faculty perceptions of the new duty-hour rules within surgical residency programs. According to the results, most residents believe that they will decrease continuity with patients, time spent operating, and coordination of patient care. Meanwhile, about half feel that they will decrease their acquisition of medical knowledge, development of surgical skills, and overall educational experience.
On a positive note, 61.5 percent believe the new rules will decrease resident fatigue. The results were actually more optimistic than those tallied for program directors, who overwhelmingly believed that the restrictions would hamper performance in many of the core competencies.
Residency director blogs through year of training
Residents have a chance to compare notes on their program experiences through a new blog by John Henning Schumann, MD, director of the University of Oklahoma Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Hosted online by The Atlantic magazine, the blog provides Dr. Schumann with a platform to walk the readers through a year in the life of an intern resident physician at his institution. In his first entry, Dr. Schumann discusses the "July phenomenon" and hospital safety during periods of resident transition.
The AMA also helps residents prepare for their years in training through its comprehensive resource "Succeeding from Medical School to Practice."