Should future doctors be unionized? As a future medical resident, this discussion is very important. In 2003, a mandatory rule was set for a maximum 80-hour work. Prior to that, resident working hours were essentially unlimited, with some residents working 36-hour shifts and 120 hour work weeks!
Improvements for similar employee conditions have been made possible with the help of unions. The benefits of unions for residents like me include higher salaries, food allowances, and national board exams waivers– all of which contribute to offsetting costly living expenses.
I’m so excited to bring discussion of collective action to the forefront. Supporting the wellbeing of doctors with improved worker conditions helps to ensure the best patient outcomes!