The November issue of Virtual Mentor from the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics is on Humanizing Physician Learning
Educating for Professionalism
In 2003, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandated that residents could work no more than 24 consecutive hours and limited resident hours to an average of 80 per week over the course of 1 month. The creation of this policy was prompted by the 1984 death of Libby Zion, an 18-year-old who was admitted to New York Hospital for a high fever and died while under the care of overworked and fatigued interns. The incident led to a critical reevaluation of resident work hours. The possible harm patients could experience under the traditional training system was serious enough to provide the impetus for a large-scale reform of residency education.
Virtual Mentor. November 2009, Volume 11, Number 11: 829-926. Full Issue PDF