In response to a national move to improve resident work hours, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the nation's largest, independent medical student organization, led a legislative effort on Capitol Hill to regulate resident-physician work hours to reduce medical errors and protect the safety of patients. Legislation now limits the workweek of residents to 80 hours, and limit on-call duty shifts to no more than 24 hours.
In accordance with these guidelines, the University of Maryland has implemented a night float system for all residents that respond to the legislative changes and resident and faculty concerns about continuity of care and patient safety.
Residents now work in two teams.
The day team works 7am to 6:30pm M-F and the night team works 6:30pm to 8:30am.
Night float residents work evenings, Sunday through Thursday.
Residents on night float do not take weekend call.
- Friday 5pm to Saturday 7:30am
- Saturday 7:30am to Sunday 7:30am
- Sunday 7:30am to 5pm
University Night Float:
- Residents on this rotation work from 6:30pm to 8:30am, Sunday through Thursday
- Attendance is required at continuity clinic (Chiefs, PGY-2s only) and Friday morning education sessions
Mercy Night Float:
- Residents on this rotation work from 6pm to 8am, Sunday through Thursday
- Attendance is required at continuity clinic, Mercy Grand Rounds and Friday morning education sessions