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Resident Work Hours and the American Board of Medical Specialties

Bertrand M. Bell, MD
JAMA. 1991;265(8):977. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460080047024.
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To the Editor. —  An item in the November 21, 1990, Resident Forum (JAMA 1990;264:2476) reporting on the veto by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) of the language regarding limits on work hours for resident physicians is most sad and another occasion for hanging crepe for the medical profession.With the public who, after all, funds graduate education, enunciating a clear message that they are dissatisfied with the current structure of graduate medical education, both in terms of hours and supervision, it has seemed to some of us who are intimately involved with this issue that it was of desperate importance for organized medicine to take a stand that would satisfy public concern. This was accomplished after much discussion and thought by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and other


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