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New regulations limit medical residents' time on job

CLEVELAND (AP) - The days of medical residents working 100-hour weeks are over.

New regulations limiting the time medical residents spend on the job went into effect Tuesday in response to concerns that exhausted doctors pose a risk to patients.

The new standards limit the average work week to 80 hours and shifts to 24 hours. Residents will be required to take breaks of at least 10 hours between shifts and cannot be on call more often than every third night.

Residents must receive a full day off each week.

Steve Landers is now in his second year of residency in family medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He says it's reassuring to know he's not going to be expected to be on call more than 24 hours straight. He says his longest shift lasted 38 hours.

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