The Boston Globe, June 28, 2012

Patients' experiences with fragmented care are all too common since last July, when medical residency programs across the country revamped physician-trainees' schedules to comply with new work-hour restrictions imposed by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACMGE). To many outside the profession, the idea that residents ought to work such onerous hours is troubling. But I am concerned that the new restrictions, though well intended, are contributing to a work environment that compromises our clinical education and ability to provide care in a patient-centered manner. They may even have negative effects on our levels of rest and personal happiness—the very outcome these reforms were intended to address.

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