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Supreme Court Ruling Raises Alarm for Residents

On June 30, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans are required to provide all preventative care services at no cost to the patient, including contraception. Originally, houses of worship were exempt …

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Your Uninsured Patients May be Eligible for Free or Lower-Cost Healthcare

During last year’s open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, over 8 million uninsured patients signed up for comprehensive health coverage. Many signed up for subsidized insurance through the health insurance marketplaces, but many more qualified for newly-expanded Medicaid. No one who applied was denied …

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Who Decides the Future of Healthcare?

The future of who gets a voice is up for grabs; will the decision makers in the new healthcare landscape be hospital administrators, CEOs, and boards of directors focused on the bottom line, or frontline providers who can advocate on behalf of …

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CIR Members Endorse Key Candidates, Ballot Measures in 2014 Elections

From coast to coast, resident physicians have used CIR not just to be a voice for transformative change in the hospital, but for the broader changes in the American healthcare system. Their contributions throughout the year will have a huge impact on delivering on the promise of …

Hospital Mergers Reinforce the Need for a Strong Resident Voice

The 2013-2014 residency year has brought about a number of changes for CIR members as hospitals have merged and formed larger medical systems. In this issue of Vitals, we zero in on one hospital merger, between Mount Sinai Health System …

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Hospital Mergers Reinforce the Need for a Strong Resident Voice

The 2013-2014 residency year has brought about a number of changes for CIR members as hospitals have merged and formed larger medical systems. In this issue of Vitals, we zero in on one hospital merger, between Mount Sinai Health System …

Mount Sinai Health System Residents Share Hopes and Concerns about Merger

Dr. Demetri Blanas, Institute for Family Health “I’m especially concerned for patients who don’t have insurance,” says Dr. Demetri Balanas, a family medicine resident at the Institute for Family Health. “The cost is always a concern. I think that the merger will probably increase costs, but that’s just conjecture.” Dr. Blanas, …

CIR Welcomes 800 New Members

UC Irvine Residents Gear Up to Bargain First CIR Contract CIR membership in Southern California has grown by nearly 30 percent in the space of a few months, and momentum is building for even more California housestaff to add their voices. Resident …

Residents Are the Same as Med Students? No Way!

Despite repeated state and federal labor board decisions over the past two decades that have declared residents to be employees with the right to organize, some hospitals continue to insist that residents are students and should be denied that voice. Case in point: Beth Israel Medical …

Residents Challenging the Status Quo

The 2013 class of medical students has a special distinction. While women have been pursuing medicine in increasing numbers in the past several decades, this the first class that contains more women than men. The trend raises a number of questions about the future of the profession.

WIM: Mentorship for the Next Generation of Physician Leaders

While physician leaders are forging ahead with policy solutions for profession-wide and industry-wide change and CIR members are using the power of collective bargaining to make inroads at the hospital and program levels, an interpersonal approach to shifting the culture …

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Women in Medicine

The 2013 class of medical students has a special distinction. While women have been pursuing medicine in increasing numbers in the past several decades, this the first class that contains more women than men. The trend raises a number of …

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Residents & Finance

MEDICAL EDUCATION DEBT IS THE LARGEST FINANCIAL CONCERN OF MANY RESIDENTS. ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES,THE DEBT MEDIAN FOR THE CLASS OF 2012 WAS $170,000, AND 17 PERCENT OF RECENT GRADUATES ARE IN …

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Post-Residency Contracts 101

At a recent post residency life workshop in New York, guest speaker Robert Stulberg, Esq. said, “Through your residency you have had excellent employment protections. The reason you’ve had those protections is that you are represented by CIR, which has …

Fall 2012: Politics and Medicine

In March 2012, 470 CIR members were randomly polled on a variety of topics to help shape CIR’s political advocacy efforts. See where residents line up on key issues this election: Did you like this? Share it:

From Emergency Medicine Doc to Congressional Candidate

When Dr. Raul Ruiz was 17 years old, he walked from business to business in southern California’s Coachella Valley asking for business owners to contribute to his college education. In exchange for their donations, he signed a contract with community members promising to come back and work as …

A Vision of Two Healthcare Futures

The 2012 Election and the Future of Medicare and Medicaid The Affordable Care Act is the signature domestic achievement of President Obama and something that the Romney-Ryan plan would repeal entirely. Governor Mitt Romney chose for his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author …

Word from the Wards

What’s your top concern heading into November’s election? “…heath care. If the Democrats lose the election, there might not be an Affordable Care Act. We’ve seen a huge improvement in the economy lately. That’s why I’ll be at the polls …

‘Doctors For America’ Educates and Empowers Physicians on the Affordable Care Act

CIR leaders have teamed up with Doctors for America (DFA) to hold teach-ins on the Affordable Care Act in New York, New Jersey, and California. Doctors for America is a grassroots organization of 15,000 physicians in all 50 states that brings doctors together to influence health policy at …

Residents in the Global Health Community

With the start of the new academic year, thousands of freshly graduated doctors come from medical schools around the country to begin their residencies at U.S. hospitals. They will move across city and state lines, some crossing the country to …