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. 

UWHA Negotiations Update

This was a letter sent to the UHWA constituency on September 17, 2015 (Updated October 17, 2015)
Fellow UWHA Members,


At the beginning of every year we like to remind our team members that conversations regarding patient care should not happen in public spaces.  Even when not using patient identifiers, conversations in elevators, the cafeterias, and hallways can be overheard.  Comments regarding the difficulty of a surgery, problem patient, or troubling social situation can be misconstrued or even heard by family members of the person you are discussing.  Please be mindful of your patient care discussions and keep them private.  Thank you.

University of Michigan Housestaff President Answers Your Questions

Attached is an open letter to UW housestaff, written by the house officer association (HOA) president at the University of Michigan, Michael Lanham, MD. 
If you have a few minutes, I ask that you read it. Dr. Lanham is currently a fellow, has been president of the HOA for a number of years, and in the letter he addresses a number of issues that have been raised by UW housestaff during our exploration of restructuring.