Pediatric Housestaff

Duty Hours

With respect to working hours both on‐site and off‐site, all house staff must comply with the rules of the Department to which they are assigned and will also comply with any applicable ACGME, State or Federal Regulations setting limitation on work hours. All house staff are required to accurately record their work hours and report their work hours on MedHub surveys and are subject to disciplinary action if they fail to do so. Residents can report non‐compliance with residency work hours to the Department of Graduate Medical Education, Medical Director, for Education, Ann Dohn in Graduate Medical Education or ACGME. Contact Ann Dohn, Department of Graduate Medical Education at (650‐723‐5948), if you have any questions about working hours or outside commitments.


All residents must accurately report their work hours on a weekly basis using the MedHub system. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including termination from the residency program. 

From the ACGME:

Duty hours must be limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all in-house call activities and all moonlighting.

Duty periods of PGY-1 residents must not exceed 16 hours in duration.

Duty periods of PGY-2 residents and above may be scheduled to a maximum of 24 hours of continuous duty in the hospital. It is essential for patient safety and resident education that effective transitions in care occur. Residents may be allowed to remain on-site in order to accomplish these tasks; however, this period of time must be no longer than an additional four hours.

All residents should have 10 hours, and must have eight hours, free of duty between scheduled duty periods.

Beginning July 1, 2011, all duty hour violations must be reported to the program director by email within 48 hours of the violation with an explanation of the events that led to the need to work in excess of the work hours limitations.



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