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ACGME 2011 duty hours restrictions and their effects on surgical residency training and patients outcomes: a systematic review.

Awan M, Zagales I, McKenney M, et al. ACGME 2011 duty hours restrictions and their effects on surgical residency training and patients outcomes: a systematic review. J Surg Educ. Epub 2021 Jun 30. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2021.06.001.

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July 14, 2021
Awan M, Zagales I, McKenney M, et al. J Surg Educ. 2021;78(6):e35-e46.

In 2011, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) updated the duty hour restrictions (DHR) for medical residents to increase resident well-being. This review focused on surgical patient outcomes, resident case volume, and resident quality of life following the implementation of the 2011 update. Results showed DHR did not improve patient safety or surgical resident quality of life. The authors suggest future revisions meant to improve resident well-being not focus solely on hours worked in a single shift or week.