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ACGME task force proposes graduated duty hour and supervision standards
Date:6/23/2010

ical education, patient safety and clinical care including 12 physicians with extensive experience in graduate medical education programs, three residents and a public representative with extensive experience in evaluating health care related issues. The group's co-chairs are E. Stephen Amis, M.D., chair of the Council of Review Committees, a group made up of the chairs of the Residency Review Committees that review residency programs in the various specialties, and university chair of the Department of Radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York, and Susan H. Day, M.D., chair of the ACGME Board of Directors and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. A complete list of task force members can be found at www.acgme-newstandards.org.

Over the past year, the task force conducted a thorough examination of patient safety, duty hours, resident supervision, educational outcomes and training standards that included hearing testimony from more than 100 individuals, receiving written presentations from 100 medical organizations and commissioning three independent reviews of the literature on sleep issues, patient safety and resident training.

Dr. Nasca noted that the task force benefited from the dialogue begun by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that drafted the report, "Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision and Safety," which was released in December 2008. Four members of that committee made formal presentations to the task force and three of those members were invited back for more in-depth discussions. (A comparison of the 2003 standards with the IOM recommendations and new proposed standards is available at www.acgme-newstandards.org.

The proposed resident training standards have been posted on the ACGME website and will be av
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