Letter to the ACGME Regarding Public Citizen’s Report, Bipartisan Consensus: The Public Wants Well-Rested Medical Residents to Help Ensure Safe Patient Care

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Public Citizen and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) provided the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with the results of a national poll showing that Americans overwhelmingly oppose any weakening of the current 16-hour shift limit for first-year residents (interns) and support a similar cap on upper-level residents’ work shifts. Public Citizen and AMSA urged the ACGME to (1) maintain its 16-hour cap for interns and extend the 16-hour cap to all residents; and (2) take action to stop the unethical iCOMPARE and FIRST trials.

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