AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

For Residents

New AMA policy calls for evidence-based duty hours

The AMA House of Delegates has adopted a policy calling on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to use, when possible, recommendations from respective specialty societies and evidence-based approaches to any future revisions or introductions of duty hour rules.

The mixed reviews from the medical community following the implementation of the ACGME's 2011 duty hours standards have renewed focus on how to best balance patient safety and resident well-being with continuity of care and graduate medical education.

This resolution, adopted at the AMA's Annual Meeting in June, was authored by the AMA's Resident and Fellow Section (RFS), an assembly comprised of residents and fellows from around the country. Learn more about how you can get involved in the work of the AMA-RFS.

Emergency medicine residents get firearm training

Emergency room doctors must be ready to treat any type of injury that comes through the door. Residents at Central Michigan University's (CMU) Emergency Medicine recently boosted their preparedness by training with the local police department.

During the training, residents observed how stun guns, beanbag guns and firearms cause injuries frequently seen in the emergency room. By shooting at jugs with colored water, residents observed how different rounds can travel at higher speeds and cause more extensive damage.

"Part of it is being able to recognize the potential injuries from different objects," Mildred Willy, MD, assistant program director at CMU's Emergency Medicine Residency Program, said in an article in MLive. The training also improves communication between police and the medical community, she said.

Puneet Gupta, a brave resident who volunteered to experience the effects of the stun gun, said it also helps to share the experience of patients.

"Sometimes that makes all the difference," Gupta said.