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Survey finds surgical residents view duty hour regulations as a hindrance to training
Date:7/14/2009

and called "barrier." The second question asked respondents how many hours they considered ideal for their postgraduate year in their program. Choices provided were <60 hours, 60 to 80 hours, 80 to 100 hours, and >100 hours per week.

Of 599 respondents, 41 percent believed that DHR were a considerable or moderate barrier to their education. Less than one-third of residents reported that their education was not hindered by DHR. Another 27 percent stated that DHR were a minimal barrier to their education.

A small majority of residents (52 percent) reported that the ideal number of hours for their training was 60 to 80, in line with the current DHR. Forty-three percent believed that 80 to 100 hours per week would be ideal.

The belief that DHR represented a substantial or moderate barrier to education was correlated with the belief that the ideal DHR should be greater than 80 hours per week (p< 0.0001). Furthermore, the likelihood that residents and fellows considered DHR a barrier to their education was highly related to their level of training (p=0.03). First- and second-year residents were more than twice as likely to believe that DHR were not a barrier to education (p=0.0003 and p=0.006, respectively). Conversely, the proportion of residents who believed that DHR substantially interfered with their education peaked as they approached graduation. Compared with only 7 percent of junior residents, 32 percent of residents in or beyond their seventh postgraduate year reported that DHR were an important barrier to their education (p = 0.006).


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