Even though residency working conditions have nothing to do with me on a personal level, I am a huge, huge advocate for residency work hour reform.
There’s a really simple and free way for you to support work hour reform as well — simply place a link on your blog to HoursWatch.
Hours Watch is dedicated to ending excessive work hours for medical residents, and finding solutions that enhance patient care and residency education. Hours Watch is jointly sponsored by the Committee of Interns and Residents, and the American Medical Student Association, organizations that have led the fight to reduce unsafe and unhealthy overwork of medical trainees.
Although CIR and AMSA view the ACGME’s move to regulate work hours as a major step toward safer and more humane medical training, there is also reason for skepticism that an industry-dominated accreditation group can effectively enforce its own rules or provide adequate protection to residents who blow the whistle on violations within their training programs. Therefore, one goal of Hours Watch is to serve as an independent “watchdog,” monitoring and lobbying for enforcement mechanisms that offer better protections to residents.
Just a simple link back from your blog will increase exposure to the cause. Great examples of links are: