Can We Let Attending Physicians Do 2-Week vs. 4-Week Ward Rotations?

The quick answer is yes. Attendings were much less likely to experience sever burnout (16% vs. 35%). Patient outcomes were not changed. Learner evaluations showed that both residents and students felt that the attendings were less able to fairly evaluate them with the shorter exposure, but other evaluations were fairly similar.—Laura Willett, MD

Lucas BP et al. Effects of 2- vs 4-Week Attending Physician Inpatient Rotations on Unplanned Patient Revisits, Evaluations by Trainees, and Attending Physician Burnout: A Randomized Trial JAMA. 2012;308(21):2199-2207

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