To make up for resident hours curb, extend length of training
LETTER — Posted Sept. 26, 2005
Regarding "The 80-hour experience: What happens when residents have to leave" (Article, July 25): I wish you had reported interviews with a few very old educators such as me.
The deficiency in exposure to sufficient patient-based learning, which has been caused by curtailing learning time, can, and should, soon be compensated by extending the required years of training. The failure to teach linear patient responsibility and the entrenchment of the concept that doctoring should be easy is a mortal blow to our profession.
Bradley E. Smith, MD, Nashville, Tenn.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/09/26/edlt0926.htm.