Episode 75: Did you know that resident unions have been forming in recent years? And with success?
House Officer Unions Successful
Dr. Sklar and colleagues published a report on the first 3 years of progress of a resident union at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. There were definite gains in physician professionalism and unexpected strides toward improved patient care for disadvantaged patients. The resident union actually created a patient fund to help pay for medication, transportation, and other expenses for patients that can not afford it.
Why didn’t they tell me about this when I interviewed there?
Resident Unions Not Unique To America
Cruess and Cruess published in May 2011 that American physicians will follow a long line of physician unions the closer we get to a government-owned and run healthcare system.
What union will you belong to?
The Longest Running Resident Advocacy Group
The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) has been advocating for residents for over 50 years. They have over 13,000 residents as members and are the largest group of its kind.