, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 519-523

Teaching and learning in an 80-hour work week

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Abstract

The 80-hour workweek limit for residents provides an opportunity for residency directors to creatively innovate their programs. Our novel day-float rotation augmented both the educational structure within the inpatient team setting and the ability for house staff to complete their work within the mandated limits. Descriptive evaluation of the rotation was performed through an end-of-rotation questionnaire. The average length of the ward residents’ work week was quantified before and after the rotation’s implementation. Educational portfolios and mentored peer-teaching opportunities enriched the rotation. As measured by our evaluation, this new rotation enhanced learning and patient care while reducing work hours for inpatient ward residents.

Presented in part at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, May 3, 2003, Vancouver, Canada, and as a workshop presentation at the Fall Meeting of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, October 2, 2003, Washington, DC.