Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) is committed to providing quality graduate medical education to its resident physicians while promoting patient safety while maintaining resident well-being in a supportive educational environment. It seeks to instill in resident physicians the dedication and responsiveness to patient needs and safety that at times supersedes self-interest.
Resident work hour guidelines are designed to ensure patient safety and resident well being. The institution, program director, department, and resident all bear this professional responsibility. Individual residents must take personal responsibility and demonstrate their fitness for duty and appropriate management of their time before, during and after clinical assignments.) Recognized as intrinsic components of Professionalism by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), all residents and faculty must demonstrate an understanding and acceptance of their personal roles in each of these responsibilities.
LLUH acknowledges that neither the medical needs of patients nor the professional responsibilities of resident physicians can begin or end at arbitrarily defined hours. However, as a Seventh-day Adventist institution rooted in an appreciation of the Sabbath and dedicated to the mission “to make man whole”, LLUH endorses the establishment of the following guidelines concerning the work hours of Resident Physicians: