The future of otolaryngology training threatened: The negative impact of residency training reforms

Department of Otolaryngology, State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA.
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (Impact Factor: 2.02). 03/2010; 142(3):303-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.otohns.2009.12.010
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Resident training regulations developed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2003 have limited resident work hours and autonomy. Proposed to improve patient safety and resident education, these regulations have not had their intended effects. They have acted to dilute otolaryngology residents' experiences, thereby weakening their training. The ACGME is currently considering tightening these regulations. By advocating for residency guidelines that are more conducive to the needs of otolaryngology education, otolaryngologists can guarantee continued superlative training for future residents.

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