Every time I mention there may possibly be some problems with the work hours restriction regarding house officers, I receive a barrage ( OK, 1 or 2 comments) from folks who consider me to be a old jerk who just wants a return to the good old days and that I want nothing more than to deny house officers time with their families so to better achieve the nebulous work life balance.
Thanks to Kevin for alerting me to this news item. In part, it seems like some surgery residents have been caught working too much in their misdirected efforts to try and learn to be good surgeons. Shame on them.
To disabuse these rebellious surgeon in training from their anachronistic aversion to shift work for physicians, efforts should begin earlier, i.e. in medical school. Rules should be implemented to limit the hours of study allowed for medical students.