Here's a summary of work hour rules for residents if anyone is interested:
1. No more than 80 hours/week total.
2. Residents cannot be scheduled for more than 24 consecutive hours and must not stay late past 30 hours.
3. There must be a 10-hour break in between scheduled work days.
4. Residents must have at least one 24-hour consecutive break per week.
In the past there were absolutely no limitations on work hours, and I believe these restrictions have only been in place for the past 2-3 years. They are supposed to be implemented by every accredited residency program--meaning no government funding if the hospital doesn't follow the rules.
I really can't complain: right now I'm scheduled for 66 hours/week, including conference time. My residency program audits our hours as the hospital can be fined for violations. I have several friends who matched in a new program that has not been playing by the rules. One of them worked over 100 hours/week during July, and I am curious to see how she's been holding up. Opponents to the new limitations say that residents need to work a ton of hours to see enough cases, but research has shown that many more mistakes are made when residents are fatigued.