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Briefing Date:12/01/2008
Topic:Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Care Services
Committee on Optimizing Graduate Medical Trainee (Resident) Hours and Work Schedules to Improve Patient Safety

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Congressional Briefings
Monday, December 1, 2008
B-343 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
and
Thursday, December 4, 2008
428-A Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 1:30 p.m.

on

Resident Duty Hours:
Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety

Medical residents were restricted to 80-hour work weeks in 2003 as a means of promoting patient safety. This new report, from the Institute of Medicine, assesses the effects of this cutback in duty hours and offers strategies to optimize residents' schedules to ensure patient safety and effective on-the-job training for these newly minted physicians.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on December 2, 2008 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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