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A Matter of Time

Doctors' hours have risen, then fallen, since the practice of residency was adopted in 1889.

By Linda Keslar // Spring 2011
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Residency Hour Limits: On the Clock

Female resident adjust stethescope

If residents’ long shifts endanger patients, lightening the load should reduce the risk. Trouble is, there’s no evidence it does.

Lost in the Shuffle

Looking ahead to shorter resident hours causing more frequent patient handoffs, hospitals are working to ensure vital information is communicated to the next shift.

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