While new doctors in Europe “enjoy” 50 to 60 hour work weeks, doctors in the US work up to 80 hours a week, and sometimes beyond that. But the situation is changing.
One year has passed since new limits on the number of hours doctors can work in their first job. For first year physicians, shifts are limited to 16 hours, and in other years, the limit is 28 hours.
There has been much debate about these changes, but four simple questions can tell us all we need to know about work hours.