Resident duty hours are the subject of much national and international debate. In Canada, unlike in other jurisdictions, resident duty hours have not been regulated by accreditation standards or national legislation. As a result, Canada does not have any uniform, nationwide legislation on resident work environments. Moreover, up until recently, a national forum to discuss evidence within the Canadian context did not exist. In light of the need to adequately address the growing issue of resident duty hours in Canada, the Towards a Pan-Canadian Consensus on Resident Duty Hours project was launched.

Nine organizations involved in postgraduate medical education and experts from across Canada have joined together to produce a groundbreaking report outlining pan-Canadian principles, key findings, recommendations and metrics to inform decision-making about resident duty hours across the country. Supported by Health Canada, the final report, Fatigue, Risk and Excellence: Towards a Pan-Canadian Consensus on Resident Duty Hours, includes five principles and detailed recommendations that are intended to outline a path forward that optimizes patient care and training for the 21st century.

Click here to read Fatigue, Risk and Excellence: Towards a Pan-Canadian Consensus on Resident Duty Hours.


Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations  Canadian Association of Internes and Residents College of Family Physicians of Canada
Canadian Medical Association Collège des médecins du Québec Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec
  The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada