breaking news

Austin police arrest person of interest in deadly Sixth Street assault

Has your doctor been up for 24 hours? Rule change will allow it for new residents


New guidelines by the organization that oversees medical residency programs for new doctors in the United States will soon allow first-year residents to work shifts as long as 24 hours, eight hours more than the current limit.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACGME, announced Friday that new doctors in their first year of residency can work 80 hours a week starting on July 1, and can work with patients for 24 hours at a stretch.

>> Read more trending news 

The current rule, which was implemented in 2011, allows new residents to work 16 hours straight. The hours were capped from a previous 24-hour limit over concerns that patients care might suffer if new trainees were too tired.

“At the heart of the new requirements is the philosophy that residency education must occur in a learning and working environment that fosters excellence in the safety and quality of care delivered to patients both today and in the future,” ACGME’s chief executive officer Dr. Tomas Nasca said in a memo on the group’s website.

The rule change comes as some doctor groups and educators wondered whether the 16-hour cap actually improved patient safety. Critics contended the shorter hours may have actually caused more medical errors because patients are handed off to other medical staffers more often, according to Forbes.com.

The new guidelines follow a review of new resident hours and the impact on patient care that started in 2015.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Austin police arrest person of interest in deadly Sixth Street assault
Austin police arrest person of interest in deadly Sixth Street assault

Austin police have arrested a person of interest in an assault on Sixth Street that left a San Antonio man dead, according to law enforcement officials. The man was identified and taken into custody overnight after officials received numerous tips from the public who had seen photographs and surveillance video released by police. Police declined...
FORECAST: Heat and humidity hang on; small chance for afternoon storms
FORECAST: Heat and humidity hang on; small chance for afternoon storms

Thursday forecast for Austin: Swelter is once again the weather word on the last day of summer (astronomically speaking) as the unforgiving combination of heat and tropical humidity will combine to make it feel like hotter than 100 degrees outside.  The National Weather Service says high temperatures will reach 93 degrees in Central Austin, but...
OVERNIGHT: Fire displaces 11 from North Campus home
OVERNIGHT: Fire displaces 11 from North Campus home

A fire at a North Campus home displaced 11 people early Thursday, though other details remained sparse as authorities continued their investigation.   The blaze erupted shortly before 1:30 a.m. at a house on the 3300 block of Kim Lane, in the heavily student-populated neighborhood, and burned for more than half an hour before Austin firefighters...
Former Longhorn Ricky Williams arrested on warrants
Former Longhorn Ricky Williams arrested on warrants

Former Longhorn and Heisman Trophy award winner Ricky Williams was arrested in South Austin on Tuesday on traffic warrants, records show. Williams was pulled over for a traffic offense on Manchaca Road at Ben White Boulevard, then arrested on warrants, Austin police said. He is no longer in the Travis County Jail, records show.  Williams...
Here’s how to help Mexico after deadly earthquakes
Here’s how to help Mexico after deadly earthquakes

Mexico still needs help after it was hit by two major earthquakes in as many weeks.  A 7.1-magnitude quake has left more than 200 people dead in Mexico City and the central states of Mexico State, Guerrero, Morelos and Puebla. And on Sept. 7, about 96 people died during an 8.2-magnitude earthquake – the strongest to hit the country in more...
More Stories