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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Rookie doctors will be getting shorter work shifts next summer.

The accreditation council for graduate medical education announced the changes Tuesday.

It changes the maximum work shift for first-year residents from 24 hours to 16 hours.

The 80-hour-weekly limit will remain, but strategic napping is being strongly recommended.

The rules affect more than 110,000 new doctors and take effect next summer.

Tara Thomas:  News anchor/Online reporter

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