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24/10/80 hour rules of ACGME

Ian Civil trauma-list@trauma.org
Tue, 18 Jun 2002 07:30:54 +1200

Dear Dean,

Our registrars usually have about 6 weeks off to study prior to their final
fellowship examinations

Ian Civil

Dean Lutrin wrote:

> South Africa is one place where the surgical registrars have
> traditionally worked bizarre hours. Personally, I think it is a good
> thing to have surgical trainees working very long hours. The benefits
> need not be individually listed. What bothers me is the registrars being
> treated like slaves and the more senior they get the worse it gets. We
> have reached the situation where the guys are not passing the final
> surgical exams on multiple attempts for lack of sufficient time to study
> and recuperate from calls. These long hours and masses of patients
> appear to me to be to the detriment of the trainees' academic
> advancement. Surely it is not fair to be having to do a call every third
> night in the weeks before final exams. I don't know if the same thing is
> happening in other countries but my impression is that some senior
> residents are paying one hell of a price.
> Dean Lutrin
> Johannesburg
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