Seattle Weekly: Overworked, Underpaid: UW's Apprentice Doctors Demand a Raise

"The UW says residents' pay is up to national standards, but in America's tenth-most-expensive city, the docs ain't buying it." Please read the feature article by following this link
 
 

A Primer for Seattle Citizens on UW-UWHA Negotiations

What is a Resident and what does he or she do?
A Resident is a doctor who has completed four years of undergraduate education and four years of medical school who is now pursuing sub-specialized medical training. These areas include, but are not limited to, internal medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, and pediatrics.  After completing all licensing examinations, which typically occurs in the first year of Residency, a Resident can become a fully licensed physician in the State of Washington.
 

Seattle Times Article: Council Members Support Better Pay, Benefits for UW Doctors in Training

The Seattle Times released an article Sunday highlighting the support of Seattle City Council members for the UWHA.  We hope that with the continued support of our Residents and community, we will begin making meaningful strides. Please read the official story here.

Seattle City Council Supports UW Residents and Fellows, Writes Letter to University

On December 14th, members of the Seattle City Council supported a letter to the University of Washington President and Board of Regents recognizing that the treatment of Residents needs to improve.  The council urged the University "to meet the UWHA's reasonable demands" for the Resident physicians that "provide an invaluable service to our community."  They go on to state that Residents "deserve to be compensated fairly" and that it was shocking that Residents "earn less than our city's hourly minimum wage", "qualify for social services", and receive "free ("charity") care at the very hosp

Is Subsidized Parking Illegal?!?

Parking at the University of Washington during the course of your Residency and/or Fellowship costs thousands of dollars. For the past several years, whenever Residents requested discounted parking, the University responded that they could not provide discounted or cost neutral parking by state law. This myth has persisted for years; however, after review by our legal team, it is important to make the precedent clear.  
 

UWHA Responds to the University Unfairly (and potentially unlawfully) Raising Resident Parking Rates

Parking at the University of Washington is a heavy burden on Residents. During your intern year alone, approximately 10% of your salary goes directly to cover the costs of parking. Due to inadequate alternate means of transportation given our irregular and extended hours, we essentially give back to the University a large portion of our salary simply to take care of our patients. Thus, parking has been an area where we hoped negotiations would lead to meaningful change. Unfortunately, rather than decrease parking rates, the University on July  1st  raised parking rates for the Pay Per Use (

The key to preventing depression in Residents? Value young physicians.

Up to 1/3 of Resident physicians suffer from clinical depression or its symptoms according to a recent JAMA study.  Residents make life-or-death decisions, perform complex procedures, and make challenging diagnoses, often with very little sleep. At the same time, a resident physician who graduated medical school in 2014 has a median debt of $180 000 and made a median salary of $51,250.  Level of debt has been tied to increased risk of burnout in resident physicians and one of our own psychiatry Residents has written an article explaining how our training model and our Effort-Reward balance may be contributing to poor mental health.  Please follow this link to read the article.
 

Article of the Week: Doctors and Sleep

Over the past few weeks a few articles have appeared in the lay-press on the iCOMPARE and FIRST trials of residency work hours. Not surprisingly, the issue is quite controversial, with many people from outside the medical field strongly criticizing the effort to collect data on these systems at all. One way or the other it's very likely that big changes to work hours will come through the pipeline in the next few years.

Thanks for making the UWHA Halloween Party amazing!

Thanks for coming out for the UWHA Halloween Party!  It was one of our biggest parties ever with around 250 people rocking the night away. You guys looked amazing and congratulations to the winners of the costume contest! A big thanks to Sole Repair Shop and to DJ Josh Abecassis for helping put on a great party! Please go to our Facebook page to see even more pictures!

Reply to: [GMEC] Update on UW-UWHA Contract Negotiations

Dear UWHA Members and Program Directors,
 
Last year the Residents and Fellows voted to unionize because as a group we were struggling.  The major sources of financial hardship were salary, parking, and childcare. During our negotiations, we asked the University for help. In a recent email, the University claimed that we have made “meaningful progress” in these negotiations. Unfortunately, this is not the case. 

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