The AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees has been a driving force in effecting policy changes, both within the AAP and with regards to the ACGME and residency requirements. Below are just two of the larger scale examples of such an effort.
2013 AAP Policy Statement on Parental Leave for Residents and Pediatric Training Programs
At the AAP Resident Section meeting in October 2001, held in
San Francisco as part of the AAP 2001 NCE,
the AAP Resident Section approved the following resolution:
to encourage the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics to lobby:
- to limit resident work hours to 80 hours per week
- to limit shifts to 30 hours of continuous patient care,
- to limit on-call shifts to every third night,
- to require a minimum of 10 hours off between shifts,
- to require at least one 24 hour period off per week, and
- to limit Emergency Department shifts to 12 hours per day.
The revised Accreditation College of Graduate Medical Education
(ACGME) Resident Work Hour Requirements, which start July
1, 2003, satisfy the Resident Section resolution, except that
the 80 hours per week and 24 hour period off per week are
averaged over a 4-week period.
Given that the overall characteristics of the Resident Section
resolution were met by the revised ACGME Resident Work Hour
Requirements, the Resident Section has moved away at this
time from working to change Resident Work Hour Requirements
to helping Pediatric Residency Programs comply with the current
ACGME Resident Work Hour Requirements.