ABMS Statement on the FIRST Trial Study
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognizes and commends the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for their combined efforts in sponsoring and funding the first national, multicenter, randomized trial of resident duty hour policies. The “Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial” study, presented to the Academic Surgical Congress on February 2, 2016 and concurrently published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, utilized a thoughtful and deliberate approach to address the issue of surgical residency duty hours and training policies. We especially want to acknowledge the study’s collaborative and inclusive structure which included input from multiple institutions and organizations across the specialty of Surgery.
ABMS supports the FIRST Study, the iCOMPARE study currently in progress to address similar questions in Internal Medicine, and other efforts underway that will help inform the dialogue regarding the training of this country’s next generation of surgeons and other specialists. We welcome the opportunity for ABMS and our Member Boards to engage in this important conversation, which will impact graduate medical education and ultimately patient safety and quality of care.
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