On Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) released its new report, “ Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety,” which was sponsored by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The independent report addresses the issue of fatigue-related medical errors by proposing revisions to existing duty-hour regulations for medical residents.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine will conduct a thorough review of the report and will actively support IOM recommendations that both enhance patient safety and promote quality physician training. More details about the report are available on the IOM Web site.