Tired Doctors Are Too Dangerous
Take Action Against Potential 28-Hour Shifts for First-Year Residents
Right now, in America, you could go to the hospital and be treated by a doctor-in-training who hasn’t slept in over 28 hours.
And an organization called the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) — which sets rules for medical school graduates, a.k.a. “residents,” who are completing their training — could make this life-and-death problem even worse.
Tell the head of the ACGME, Dr. Thomas J. Nasca, not to allow hospitals to force even the least experienced doctors-in-training — first-year residents who are fresh out of medical school — to work such perilously long shifts.