This HND piece is a follow-up to an earlier story describing how three healthcare-related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are conspiring to undo hard-fought improvements in work rules, pertaining to surgical resident physicians. The NGOs in question are the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Now, the research—such as it is—supporting more hours for the residents, has been published in no less than the New England Journal of Medicine.
Mark well that this is a double travesty, in that the research itself clearly violates long-established ethics guidelines, and it being published in NEJM violates the Journal's longstanding policies on accepting manuscripts from human subjects research. In short, this is failure beyond failure, only it doesn't seem to matter. Inasmuch as NEJM surely has no shortage of submissions, it is simply mind-boggling that they would fast-track such crapola.
God knows why the academic surgeon from Northwestern heading up the study would waste his time with this egregious nonsense, or why the editorial board of the Journal has turned into a bunch of feckless Kool-Aid drinkers.
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