The current rules state that medical interns cannot work longer than 16 consecutive hours. This rule is in place to prevent accidents and mistakes as a result of fatigue. Recently, The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has proposed a change that would allow interns to work almost twice as long, for 28 hours without a break. The Council argues that this change would help expose interns to real-life practice. However, opponents of the rule argue that allowing these long hours is a severe risk to patients.
From npr.org, “Medical Interns Could Work Long Without A Break Under New Rule”
Excerpt from article:
“For years, medical interns have been limited to working no more than 16 hours without a break to minimize the chances they would make mistakes while fatigued. But that restriction could soon be eased.”