Newsmaker: Residents get more rest but will care improve?

August 08, 2011
 Darshak Newsmaker
Darshak Sanghavi

Last month, changes by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education reducing the number of hours a first-year resident can work went into effect nationwide. New residents are no longer allowed to work the 30-hour, overnight shifts that have become the hallmark of the physician training programs. Noted author and columnist for Slate Darshak Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric cardiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, writes in the New York Times Magazine about the complex correlation between doctor fatigue and medical errors. In the article, Sanghavi voices concern about continuity of care for patients and the need for better communication between physicians.

New York Times Magazine