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LOBATO, R.D.; FERNANDEZ-ALEN, J.  and  ALDAY, R.. The impact of resident work hour limitations on medical student clerkships in Spain. Neurocirugía [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.3, pp.213-217. ISSN 1130-1473.

The influence of new regulations limiting residents work hours on the total time dedicated and the quality of teaching of medical students in university hospitals is analyzed. Though different studies have shown contradictory results on the possible effects of reduced-hour work week on both patients, safety and resident learning, a great concern is arising in Europe and Japan where duty-hour restriction is much more drastic than in USA (48 and 40 hours vs 80 hours, respectively). Deterioration of residents, training could also diminish the total time dedicated to and quality of medical student education.

Keywords : Teaching; Duty-hours; Residency; Medical student; Graduate; Postgraduate.

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