Effects of resident work hour limitations on faculty professional lives.

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Effects of resident work hour limitations on faculty professional lives. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jul;23(7):1077-83 Authors: Goitein L, Shanafelt TD, Nathens AB, Curtis JR BACKGROUND: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education resident work hour limitations were implemented in July, 2003. Effects on faculty are not well understood. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the effects of the resident work hour limitations on the professional lives of faculty physicians. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: Survey of faculty physicians at three teaching hospitals associated with university-based internal medicine and surgery residency programs in Seattle, Washington. Physicians who attended on Internal Medicine and Surgery in-patient services during the 10 mo after implementation of work hour limitations were eligible for participation (N = 366); 282 physicians (77%) returned surveys. MEASUREMENTS: Participants were asked about the effects of resident work hour limitations on aspects of their professional lives, including clinical work, research, teaching, and professional satisfaction. RESULTS: Most attending physicians reported that, because of work hour limitations, they spent more time on clinical work (52%), felt more responsibility for supervising patient care (65%), and spent less time on research or other academic pursuits (51%) and teaching residents (72%). Reported changes in work content were independently associated with the self-reported probability of leaving academic medicine in the next 3 y. CONCLUSIONS: Resident work hour limitations have had large effects on the professional lives of faculty. These findings may have important implications for recruiting and retaining faculty at academic medical centers. PMID: 18612748 [PubMed - in process]

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