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Surgical resident required to repeat year of training sues university

Residency Program Insider, September 22, 2017

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A surgical resident is suing St. Louis University, its surgery residency program director, and chief of the trauma service for a series of alleged failures and retaliatory behaviors that she claims are causing her to repeat her fourth year of training. 

According to the lawsuit, Mandy Rice, DO, claims she has been discriminated against because she had previously served as a registered nurse. She was placed on academic probation at the end of her third year due to earning a low score on the American Board of Surgery In-Service Training Examination even though other residents who scored poorly were not subjected to the same disciplinary action. Rice said she was also not provided with a faculty mentor, as required by university policy. In her fourth year, Rice was informed that she would be required to repeat the year despite receiving generally good written evaluations from faculty. She unsuccessfully appealed the decision.

Rice is seeking $25,000 in damages plus court costs and is asking to be promoted to her fifth year of residency.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch



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