Over the past several decades, a growing body of medical literature has suggested that sleep deprivation from working long hours in the hospital can lead to serious mistakes.
As a frequent flier, I wince at every story of an inattentive air traffic controller. A parallel dilemma related to the working hours of medical residents is playing out at lower altitudes.
Medicine is far too complex to apply simple formulas. What really helps doctors-in-training practice good medicine, decrease errors, and maintain a high standard of professionalism is good supervision.