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.
University Night Float:
Mercy Night Float: