The American Council for Graduate Medical Education, Chicago, officially approved new rules that limit medical residents to an average workweek of 80 hours and require a 10-hour rest period between on-call and regular shifts. The guidelines take effect July 1. Residency programs seeking accreditation by the council must comply with them. The regulations were proposed last year and were expected to be adopted. Critics say the rules aren't enforceable and are too lax. For example, the 24-hour limit on residents' shifts could be extended by six hours. The council accredits about 7,800 residency programs involving an estimated 100,000 doctors-in-training. -- by Michael Romano
Accreditor adopts workweek limits for residents
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