Common Program Requirements

The Learning and Working Environment (Duty Hours)
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Reactions to and endorsements of the new ACGME Common Program Requirements in Section VI from organizations across the medical community 

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“At the heart of the new requirements is this philosophy: residency education must occur in a learning and working environment that fosters excellence in the safety and quality of care delivered to patients both today and in the future.”

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"We are attempting to further refocus the efforts of the GME community on the processes known to impact safety, as this can only improve patient safety in our hospitals.” Dr. Benjamin Kennedy, Fellow, Neurological Surgery

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Resident Physician Talks About Revised Clinical Work Hour Requirements on Good Morning America

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Reactions to and endorsements of the new ACGME Common Program Requirements in Section VI from organizations across the medical community 

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“At the heart of the new requirements is this philosophy: residency education must occur in a learning and working environment that fosters excellence in the safety and quality of care delivered to patients both today and in the future.”

The revised requirements, which go into effect July 1, 2017,  are intended to promote patient safety, resident and fellow well-being, and inter-professional team-based care by providing greater flexibility within an established framework, allowing programs and residents more discretion to structure clinical education in a way that best supports the principles of professional development. With this increased flexibility comes the responsibility for programs and residents to adhere to the 80-hour maximum weekly limit, and to utilize flexibility in a manner that optimizes patient safety, resident well-being, and education.