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Punching out: Residency group wants feds to keep away from physicians’ time cards

The organization that evaluates and accredits U.S. medical residency programs wants OSHA to keep its regulatory mitts off the issue of work hours for residents.

In response to a September 2 OSHA petition [1] from by Public Citizen and other advocacy groups, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has issued a 22-page letter to OSHA [2] outlining why the federal agency should not regulate resident work hours.

The ACGME contends that carving duty hours out of the ACGME’s oversight ignores the link between resident work hours and patient care, reports HCPro’s Residency Manager [3], an online resource for residency program administrators and graduate medical education professionals.

Read more  at “ACGME responds to petition calling for OSHA to regulate duty hours,” [4] and look for more in-depth coverage in Residency Program Alert [5].