|An operating theatre (gynecological hospital of Medical University of Silesia in Bytom) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Inexperienced young surgeons are flooding hospitals as medical schools cut back on operating-room training. The results can be dangerous – even deadly – for patients, says a top cardiologist.
Doctors don’t get nearly as much surgical training as in the past because of new rules that limit hospital work hours.
“When I went through training, I was on call every day for years,” said Chauncey Crandall, M.D., director of preventive services at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic.
“Now they want to protect young doctors from fatigue, but the result is that they are graduating doctors who are undertrained and don’t have the surgical experience they need. This is a terrible thing for patients.”