'Shift work': 24-hour workdays are out as residents, hospitals deal with changes, mixed feelings on restrictions

Mod Healthc. 2011 Jul 25;41(30):6-7, 16, 1.


Shorter work hours for first-year residents are causing a big shift as hospitals adapt to the new limits. It has meant a hiring boom for hospitalists and a need to pack more tasks into shorter shifts. And physicians are now finding themselves performing more basic tasks that used to be handled by residents, causing something of a professional identity crisis, says Dr. Bradley Sharpe, of the University of California at San Francisco.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration*
  • Legislation, Hospital
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • United States
  • Work Schedule Tolerance*