The survey results, according to the researchers, "suggest that the new duty hour restrictions have the potential to create serious difficulties for residency programs to ensure that their trainees are meting the ACGME core competencies."
The new regulations include increased supervision during 16-hour shift maximum for first year postgraduate residents and recommendations for napping.
In the survey of resident medical directors, there was an outpouring of disagreement with the ACGME duty-hours regulations. Among the findings:
Reed says it was important to question the resident medical directors about the impending regulations because "they are the ones who know what it takes to train a competent resident."
"That's why we sought their opinions," Reed says. "Some things we need to watch out for and be mindful of as the new regulations are put into place. The research isn't going to change the recommendations. That wasn't the intent. We are trying to get a sense of what program directors feel about this."