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Medical Residents: the adjuncts of the health profession

May 21, 2009
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“Adopting new restrictions on the work hours of physicians in training would impose a substantial new cost on the nation’s 8,500 physician training programs,” said lead author Dr. Teryl K. Nuckols, an internist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “There is no obvious way to pay for these changes so that’s one major issue that must be addressed.”

The article, as linked to by InsideHigherEd, is really only “published” by the Rand organization itself.

Saying that, the article/study does point out the entrenched work model, no doubt modeled in graduate programs, where the young student takes on the bulk of an institutions workload in order to protect the payment model of those who have achieved status–professional hazing.  Society is already “paying” for such a model.

The quote, which notice that the “lead researcher” is himself an internist (adjuncts calling for reform?), awkwardly worded, points out higher costs–2 million per teaching hospital.

Take a peak behind these costs: teaching hospitals service, on the whole, lower income populations and have a higher ratio of patients/doctor/nurse.  The real question, like with most colleges, should be “do those who can redress care enough about those affected (they are almost always two different groups) to do anything?”

Probably not.

via RAND | News Release | Limiting Work Hours For Medical Residents Could Cost $1.6 Billion Annually.

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