Journal Article

The 2017 ACGME common work hour standards: promoting physician learning and professional development in a safe, humane environment.

Burchiel KJ; Zetterman RK; Ludmerer KM; Philibert I; Brigham TP; Malloy K; Arrighi JA; Ashley SW; Bienstock JL; Carek PJ; Correa R; Forstein DA; Gaiser RR; Gold JP; Keepers GA; Kennedy BC; Kirk LM; Kothari A; Langdale LA; Shayne PH; Stain SC; Woods SK; Wyatt-Johnson C; Nasca TJ.

Resident work hour limits have been a controversial patient safety strategy. Discussing a recent adjustment to the duty hours requirements, this commentary outlines the process undertaken and considerations applied to finalizing the 2017 policy. The authors invite further comments on the impact of the new standards on both the medical profession and society. A recent PSNet perspective described the 2017 work hour requirements.