Limited shifts and workweeks for internal medicine trainees and interns, compared with flexible models that allow first-year residents to work longer hours, do not result in any difference in time spent on education and direct patient care, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In addition, the researchers found that while interns in flexible programs were more likely to report dissatisfaction with their educational experience, program directors who administered flexible work schedules were more satisfied with the experience.
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