Resident Duty Hour Restrictions: Is Less Really More?*

Luc P. Brion, Josef Neu, David Adamkin, Eduardo Bancalari, James Cummings, Susan Guttentag, Sandra Juul, Victoria F. Norwood, Rita M. Ryan

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It is our opinion that proceeding with additional regulations without appropriate evaluation of current outcomes and without advanced planning to determine optimal infrastructure, resources, methods, personnel, and scheduling required to optimize the training of new specialists and subspecialists gravely risks the delivery of patient care and the future of medical education and research. We urge the ACGME and IOM to reconsider broadly applying duty hour restrictions without considering level of training, allowing more advanced subspecialty trainees the autonomy that advanced educational objectives requires. Most importantly, we recommend that the current duty hour rules be evaluated by rigorous scientific methods before implementation of any new regulations at the national level. References are available at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-632.e1
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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