UWHA Bike Fund Reimbursements are due by January 31st to GME!

Quarterly Bicycle Stipend

What: $25 stipend, given quarterly

Eligibility: UWHA members who bicycle > 80% of the AY20 fall quarter (from October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019)

How:

  • Legibly complete and sign the attached form. Please ensure that you initial all lines.
  • Submit to GME by e-mail (UWGME@uw.edu) or mail (UW GME Bike Fund, Box 358047)

Bike Helmets

What: A free bike helmet

How:

  • Submit receipt to GME by e-mail for electronic receipts (UWGME@uw.edu) or mail for paper receipts (UW GME Bike Fund, Box 358047)
  • Costs must have been incurred during the AY20 fall quarter (from October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 )

Bike Maintenance

What: up to $100 in bicycle maintenance costs.

How:

  • Submit receipt to GME by e-mail (UWGME@uw.edu) or mail (UW GME Bike Fund, Box 358047)
  • Costs must have been incurred during the AY20 fall quarter (from October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 )
  • Examples of reimbursable items: costs of maintenance service, tools, bike tubes, lights, locks
  • Examples of non-reimbursable items: bicycles, clothing, backpacks, panniers, running shoes, or other non-bike maintenance or non-bike related items.

Rejected requests are commonly due to easily fixable errors

  • Receipts must be itemized.
    • Documenting each individual item purchased or service performed
    • Vendor
    • Cost
    • Date of purchase
  • Bike shop services: they give you two pieces of paper: an invoice itemizing what was done and a receipt showing that it was paid for (often stapled together). Please save BOTH and submit BOTH at the end of the year.
  • Carbon copies: please submit the top sheet. The lower sheets can be damaged easily.
  • Amazon: e-mail receipts are not adequate. Instead, do this:
    • Accounts and lists
    • Your orders
    • Order details
    • View or print invoice
  • If you’re sending a scan or picture, please ensure it is legible

Please note:

  • Reimbursements will be made via whatever mechanism you have in place for your paycheck (Ex: if you are signed up for direct deposit, then the reimbursement will be made via direct deposit).
  • Please provide your name and your UW NetID along with the receipt.
  • You must approve of the reimbursement in Ariba (as the final step in the reimbursement process).  These notices will come to your UW email account.  If you submit for a reimbursement, please check your UW email frequently as these notifications will time out of the system if you do not approve in a timely manner.

Deadline for these submissions is January 31, 2020 at 5pm.

How much are residents making elsewhere?

UW Labor Relations (LR) recently supplied UWHA with data that was presented to UW Medicine leadership – which we were told was used to influence financial proposals.

UW has self-selected whom they deem to be peer-institutions and collected salary and benefit data. This data is publicly available.

Please Note: This data does not compare cost of living. As you know, Seattle has become increasingly expensive, and continues to be one of the most expensive cities to live in the United States.

Please also Note: Some of the data provided in this table is outdated and reflects salaries from multiple years ago.

UW Residency Spots Go Unfilled

Compensation is a key factor in deciding which residency programs to apply to and where to go. When newly minted doctors apply for residencies, they rank their preferred choices and are ultimately assigned a program through the NRMP Match. Each residency program’s goal is to ensure that all resident positions are filled. However, if not enough residents rank their program, those spots go unfilled and the hospital system ends up understaffed.

We analyzed publicly available match data comparing the match rates of the top 100 institutions. In 2006, when the Seattle Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 190, UW was around the 50th percentile of all institutions in terms of matching rates. However, as the CPI has risen, UW’s match rate has dropped to around the 80th percentile. In other words, 80% of institutions recruit resident physicians better than UW. 

Unfilled spots are a sign of an institution in rapid decline. Programs further lose prestige and applicants as word spreads that they are not seen as desirable. Residents have a choice when they apply to residency, and they are increasingly choosing to look elsewhere.

Other programs have recognized this problem. At UCSF, poor compensation in the early 2000s tracked directly with more unmatched positions. When UCSF instituted significant salary increases, they immediately began filling more positions, a trend which has continued as salary has increased over the last 15 years.  

UW residents have an enormous stake in the prestige of UW. As UW’s stature goes, so go our own prospects for our future careers. UW residents are very worried about these trends. We hope that the leaders at UW are even more so. 

The Lowest Paid Residents

Seattle is one of the most expensive places in the United States to live, and compensation to be a resident here should reflect that. However, UW residents are the lowest paid residents by cost of living in the country. UWHA analyzed fifty of the largest and most prestigious academic medical centers in the country, UW’s peer institutions. Many programs in far cheaper locations pay as much or more than UW.

On this graph, the black line represents the average compensation per unit of cost of living. Our peer public institutions meet or exceed this average. Consider the University of Michigan, located in a far lower cost city but paying substantially more than UW. This is not some private enterprise with a massive endowment to fund salaries. This is our nearest peer public institution, with the same challenges and prospective resident pool as UW.

Furthermore, UW itself recognized this by requesting funds from the legislature to give raises of 2-4% to faculty and staff (1). UW stated that “allocating more state resources for [raises] is critical to remain competitive with peers (many of which offer higher salaries in locations with a lower cost of living)” (1). UWHA agrees.

And the cost of living is only going up: housing prices have increased nearly 160% since the late 1990s (2). Beyond rent, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a gauge of how expensive “everything” is, has been rising at or above 3% in all but two months since early 2016 (3). In Seattle, the value of a dollar is lower than nearly all other cities in the United States (4).

1) Office of Planning and Budgeting. Summary of 2019-21 Operating Budget Requests. University of Washington.
2) Rosenberg, Mike. Hoping for Seattle-area rents to get cheap? Don’t hold your breath. Seattle Times
3) Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Price Index – Seattle.
4) Cole, Alan. The Real Value of $100 in Metropolitan Areas. The Tax Foundation