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Exceptions from the 80-Hours Per Week Duty Hours Limit



To describe a procedure to request an exception to the 80-hours per week duty hours limit.



Request for exceptions to the 80-hours per week duty hours limit must be approved by the Education and Research Committee/GMEC prior to submission to the Residency Review Committee.


  1. A program may request an exception from the 80-hour limit from the RRC. Such requests must first be approved by the Education and Research Committee/GMEC and must comply with the following items:
    1. The request must be made in writing by the program director.
    2. The exception request must not exceed 10% of the 80-hour limit but it may be lower.
    3. The sole intent of the request must be to improve the residents' educational experience and all hours in the requested extended work week must contribute to the residents' education.
    4. The extension may be for only specific portions of the program such as a specific post graduate year or a specific rotation.
    5. The request for exception must not extend the 24-hour limit on continuous duty or the limit on the up to 6 additional hours for the transfer of care and didactive activities.
  2. The Director of Medical Education (DME) and/or the DIO will obtain feedback from the residents affected by the request. The DME and/or DIO will provide the feedback received to the Education and Research Committee to be taken into consideration in the discussion of the request.
  3. If approved by the Education and Research Committee/GMEC, the Program Director will forward the request to the RRC. The communication with the RRC must be co-signed by the Designated Institutional Officer.

Approved by Education and Research Committee 6/18/03
Revised by Education and Research Committee 03/01/06

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