Letters, Statements, and News/Blog Posts from Other Organizations Regarding Resident Duty Hours

In response to Public Citizen’s September 13, 2016 report on resident duty hours and related letter to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), several physician and patient organizations, and individual patient safety advocates, have posted statements, written news items or blog posts, or written to the ACGME expressing concerns about the harm of long work hours to both residents and patients. The organizations agreed with Public Citizen’s position that the current ACGME limit of 16 consecutive hours for first-year residents should remain in place, with most also agreeing with Public Citizen’s position that the 16-hour shift limit should apply to all residents. 


Press statement from the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare (CIR): Resident physicians and long work hours: CIR responds to public outcry 

Consumers Union joins with Public Citizen in urging the ACGME to maintain its 16-hour cap on work shifts for interns and extend the 16-hour cap to all residents 

National Physician Alliance joins with Public Citizen in urging the ACGME to maintain its 16-hour cap on work shifts for interns and extend the 16-hour cap to all residents 

National Patient Safety Foundation news post: National poll shows broad support to limiting work hours of physicians in training 

Read the letter to ACGME from Citizens for Patient Safety, LLC 

Read the letter to ACGME from Campaign Zero, Families for Patient Safety 

Read the letter to ACGME from Washington Advocates for Patient Safety 

Read the letter to ACGME from 34 patient organizations and individual patient safety advocates 

Read the letter to ACGME from 10 patient, senior, consumer, and public interest groups