As those of you in the medical profession know, July 1st was a symbolic date, as now interns can no longer work more than 16 hours in a row. Residency training programs have scrambled to fill this void and make it work. While these new rules were bound to happen given the current climate, the real question is whether these changes make patients any safer. With that in mind I was asked to reflect upon the old days when we use to routinely work 80+ hour weeks. My colleague and close friend, Dr. Kimberly Manning has a medical blog called, Reflections of a Grady Doctor. It was voted one of the top literary medical blogs of the year by Oprah Mag and was in the running for top medical web blogs of 2010. Check it out if you have time.
Anyway, she asked me to post my story about the time about a time during my internship when I was overworked and blacked out (she did a part I & I’m part II). I can see those of you who know the story chuckle, but for those of who do not, please take a trip down memory lane and read the post and even make a comment should you see fit.