The vast majority of residency programs in the U.S. are in compliance with new resident work-hour limits put into effect last July by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, according to a study by the group. Only about 100 of the more than 2,000 programs that underwent accreditation review from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004, received one or more citations related to work hours, officials said. Most of those citations -- 51 -- were for violations of the 80-hour work week, a key element of the new ACGME guidelines, which now apply to more than 8,000 programs and almost 100,000 doctors-in-training. In addition, the ACGME received 53 complaints from residents about duty-hour violations. One of those resulted in a program, whose name wasn't made public, being placed on probation. Under the new rules, residents are limited to 80 hours of work a week, averaged over four weeks, and must have one day in seven free of any clinical or educational responsibility. Read the full report at www.acgme.org. -- by Michael Romano
Resident work-hour limits largely being met: group
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