Reform for Residency Programs sign now

We are a group of medical doctors that have observed many complaints by many residents against certain residency programs that try to remove residents prematurely from their programs with subjective complaints by attendings or program directors that often cannot be validated.

The current system of complaints and grievance procedures as set by ACGME lacks in certain areas. The same story seems to hold true almost every time: Once the Program Director has set his mind on something, he can manipulate the hospital machinery (lawyers, colleagues, GME office, nurses, other staff) to leave a paper trail to justify his decision against a resident. In the end, the lone resident is left with very little to defend himself in an environment, where he is himself dependent on letters and references from his disgruntled employer for continuation of his career at a different institution.

In 2004-05, 280 residents were dismissed from their programs. For the unfair cases to be allowed to remain as they are is not right to those residents who have worked hard to get where they are and deserve to be in residency. For the most part, most of these residents have trouble finding another residency and often never do find one especially since they have to put that experience on their CV, which all other program directors see as a red flag regadless.

For any of this to happen in the first place shows something is wrong with the rules of the system. It is like an innocent person being sent to death row, never to practice medicine again. Only you, the AMA, ACGME, Surgeon General, and legislators, are the way to creating reform for residents, because you have the potential for that power to unite graduate medical education regulations for all hospitals. If new laws and regulations can be made to prevent any deserving resident to be removed with a low threshold reason that no one else gets removed for or for subjective reasons of a program director or other administrative staff, these cases will never occur, and rightfully should not ever have to occur. We ask you to maintain more regulation upon program director or other staff actions and to be more involved in individulalized complaints, sending third parties to assist us rather than watching us wither away in a holocaustic type of situation, where we are discriminated and wrongfully judged, and cannot even get our residency back again. We urge you, for the betterment of Graduate Medical Education and Resident Justice, to implement a documentation system such as 80hours.com mandatory for all programs to fill out with every offense they believe a resident has committed, with the resident allowed to defend him or herself and have everything fully documented and to have full live due process and rights for residents as they should have in any case.

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