An Accident Waiting to Happen?

When I heard last week that the National Labor Relations Board had ruled that medical students have the right to form unions, I thought of my own medical training and the night two years ago when a colleague nearly killed a patient.

It was busy that night in the emergency room and intensive-care unit of the hospital where I did my residency. I was in charge of the regular floor; my colleague, also an intern, was covering the ICU. Interns on call usually manage to grab at least a couple of hours' sleep during their 24-hr. shift, but that night we...

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