Resident Unions Part 1: How Can They Help?

Resident Unions Part 1: How Can They Help?

Sept. 1, 2022

The structure of medical training and board certification creates a power differential in that employment setting. Can resident unions help? EMRA*Cast host Matt Dillon, MD, (@mdmd_8889) talks with UCLA union members Anna Yap, MD, (@annayap) and Kenneth Kim, MD, about the power of a unified resident body. 

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Host

Matt Dillon, MD

ChristianaCare EM/IM, PGY-4
Twitter: @mdmd_8889
EMRA*Cast Episodes

Guests

Anna Yap, MD

Administration Fellow, UCLA-Ronald Reagan/Olive View
Board of Trustees, California Medical Association (2022-2023)
Past Executive Member, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU
@annayap

Kenneth Kim, MD

UCLA-Ronald Reagan/Olive View Emergency Medicine Residency
EMRA Medical Student Council Legislative Coordinator, 2020-2021

When you received your employment contract after matching into residency, did you read it? Was there any question you would sign it, no matter what it said? The structure of medical training and board certification creates an unequivocal power differential in that employment setting. Can resident unions help? Part 1 of this series gets into the pros and cons of unionization.


Overview
EMRA*Cast host Matt Dillon, MD, (@mdmd_8889) talks with UCLA union members Anna Yap, MD, (@annayap) and Kenneth Kim, MD, about the power of a unified resident body. These three evaluate the pros and cons of resident unionization, a trending wave across the country. They provide useful tips/strategies for those who want to know more. 

Take-Home Points

  • More than 22,000 residents are unionized nationwide. It’s more common than you might think.
  • Residents are a valuable yet vulnerable component of the health care workforce. They often have little say over the terms of their contract, but they provide crucial labor for their hospital systems.
  • Unions offer the ability to pursue collective bargaining, which is the negotiation of wages and other conditions of employment by an organized body of employees.
  • The EMRA Representative Council has reviewed a resolution in support of resident unionization and has referred it to the EMRA Board of Directors for further study and development.

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When you received your employment contract after matching into residency, did you read it? Was there any question you would sign it, no matter what it said? The structure of medical training and board certification creates an unequivocal power differential in that employment setting. Can resident unions help? Part 1 of this series gets into the pros and cons of unionization.