Before and during the residency, don’t neglect to stay informed and know your contract and your rights as well as the national and local residency contract. Not knowing your rights could make you a danger to your patients!


Topic Area

Medical Education

Knowing your contract and your rights during the recidency helps you and your patients: long shifts without rest could lead to inattention and errors and endanger the patients. Furthermore, long periods of hard work could lead to burn-out. All these conditions could lead to mistakes during the activity on the ward and endanger the life of those you assist.


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Attention. Please note that these items are provided only for information and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a clinician. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their clinician.