"Is an error-free residency what we really want?"

retired doc on the effects of limiting residents’ work hours:

Do we not learn in part by making errors in an environment where we are buffered and protected by our mentors and more senior colleagues? How will this cohort of residents fare when they are truly out on their own and there will be no team to hand off to when they have been up most of the night taking care of patients and fielding phone calls? Will they call their office and tell them they won’t be in until noon because they need their protected ten hours post call?

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