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BrainWaves: A Neurology Podcast

Jul 9, 2017

As of July 1, 2017, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (sorry, in the episode I called in American College--this is wrong) made its first step EVER to extend duty hours for physician trainees. Whereas interns (first year residents) were previously limited to working 16 hour shifts, now they can work as many consecutive hours as senior residents--up to 28 hours at a time! In this episode of the I Wonder series, I ask Ali what he thinks about these new stipulations.

Produced by Erika Mejia and James E. Siegler. Music by Jason Shaw and Jazzhar. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision making.


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