New restrictions on residents' work hours took effect today for about 7,800 residency programs nationwide. The restrictions, approved in February by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, limit resident shifts to an average of 80 hours per week over a month's time and to 24 consecutive hours, except in some cases. The rules affect about 99,700 residents at about 1,100 teaching hospitals. Residency programs that fail to comply will face loss of their accreditation. The graduate medical council said it will monitor compliance through several methods, including site visits and confidential resident surveys. -- by Michael Romano
Resident work-hour restrictions take effect
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