Residency

Residents advocate for better salaries

Residency Program Insider, September 18, 2015

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With the high costs associated with residency training, medical students and residents have increasingly begun to push for better salaries, benefits, and working conditions. Many find paying for housing, childcare and other expenses difficult with the relatively low salaries they earn during training and will often amass large debts.

In response, some residents have formed collective bargaining units to negotiate for better conditions. At the University of Washington, residents are currently negotiating a 40% salary increase and a $5,000 childcare stipend. Residents at the University of California-Irvine are have been negotiating a labor contract for the past 14 months but a disagreement between the residents and school over a $5,000-a-year housing stipend has been a sticking point. 

Source: International Business Times



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