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Mass. General residents cut back to 80-hour weeks, but with mixed feelings

Boston Globe, March 15, 2010

Last year, a national accrediting agency put a Mass. General Hospital program on probation for violating patient-protection rules that limit trainees' work hours. Some residents had been staying too late because they didn't want to sign over their very sick patients to other doctors, out of a combination of duty to patients, work ethic, and unspoken peer pressure. Now, senior surgeons and residents say the program is in complete compliance with the rules that require trainees to average no more than 80 hours of work a week and have 10 hours off between shifts, the Boston Globe reports.