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Resident Duty Hours – IOM Recommendations

Physician resident duty hours are in a one-page Table of Recommendations (Table S-1, page 13) from the Institute of Medicine (IOM, now known as the National Academies of Medicine). It specifies maximum shift length (16 hours admitting patients), 30-hour shift recommendations, time off between shifts, protected sleep periods of 5 hours, and more. Full report title: Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety, published Dec. 2008. A classic report.

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