UWHA Endorses Resident Bill of Rights

The University of Washington Housestaff Association (UWHA) proudly endorses the Resident Bill of Rights, authored by the Yale Medical Residents and the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR). 

Our union was created with the purpose of improving working conditions and salaries for residents and fellows at the University of Washington. We wholeheartedly believe that a Resident Bill of Rights is needed and is a step in the right for direction for resident well being across our country. 

The Resident Bill of Rights includes:

  1. A living wage that allows us to support our family and pay off our educational debt. 
  2. The right to provide the best care possible for our patients and act in the best interests of the community where we live and work.
  3. No more than 80 working hours per week, not as an average and including non-clinical tasks. 
  4. Time off for being sick, access to parental leave and seeking health care without pressure to leave it unused.
  5. Recognition as full-time workers and a right to unionize, giving us the ability to use our collective voices to advocate to employers and lawmakers for our patients and ourselves as workers, not as learners.
  6. Transparency, standardization, and due process from the institutions and employers that make key decisions about our careers and futures.
  7. Access to mental health services without scrutiny or stigmatization.
  8. Equal access to career and learning development.
  9. Adequate hospital staffing and support, including the maintenance of backup call schedules for every residency program. 

You can sign the Bill of Rights at anewrealitynow.com and show your support by spreading the word. Toolkits with posters and social media samples are also available.

UWHA March 5th Package Proposal

This morning we sent a letter to UW Medicine Leadership, including UW President Cauce, Dean Ramsey, Dr. Dellit, and Dr. Joyner regarding our latest contract packet proposal. This proposal was created in response to the negotiation session we had on Tuesday

In the interest of finishing negotiations at the soonest date possible, UWHA has conceded various proposals. Although we still find these requests important and fair (as they are status quo at our peer institutions), we hope these new requests are amenable to the employer and they meet us in finishing this process quickly.

Highlights include: 

  • Reducing the childcare fund ask to $250,000 per year
  • Accepting the employers definition of a “resident”
  • Reducing the relocation stipend to $1,000 and limiting to only incoming residents coming from outside of King County
  • Accepting the employers meal reimbursement amounts
  • Tentatively agreeing to the employers proposal on “Leave – Miscellaneous”
  • Removing the ability to be paid out for unused sick leave
  • Removing the procedure for discovering purpose for unused vacation leave
  • Reducing base salary of R1 to $62,000 (respectively for R2-R9)
  • Reducing ask for housing stipend to $13,000 per year, and accepting flat rate between contract years
  • Reducing travel stipend ask to $750
  • Drop language to expand bargaining unit 

Please see the package proposal for full details.

UWHA Residents at the Front-Line of COVID-19 Response

In the past week, residents of Seattle and King County have been inundated with news about the growing number of confirmed cases of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus. While state and local governments are mobilizing emergency funds to respond to this outbreak, University of Washington Housestaff Association (UWHA) resident physicians are working hard to take care of their patients who are now at risk. UWHA residents and fellows make up approximately twenty percent of the physicians in King County and are on the front-lines of patient care alongside nurses, technicians, and many other healthcare workers. We recognize that this is a particularly scary time for our community. To that end, UWHA residents stand united in reaffirming our utmost commitment to patient safety and health. We are your doctors; we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the best care possible.

In the interim, please refer to this FAQ resource that UW Medicine has provided to patients: https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the UWHA. You can contact us at: admin@uwha.com.

ROS Action Announcement

The University of Washington Housestaff Association (UWHA) has announced the plan to center documentation on patient care rather than billing codes starting Monday, March 16. Residents and fellows will only include relevant and accurate documentation, allowing them to refocus on patients. We are doctors: we want to spend time with our patients, not computers. Over 400 residents and fellows have pledged to participate as of February 28, 2020. 

This action will not negatively impact patient care. We anticipate this will improve patient satisfaction with their care. All residents and fellows will continue to document what matters for patient care.   

All relevant clinical information is still documented and this does not impact the physician’s ability at current time or in the future to care for the patient. 
Please direct questions or media inquiries to admin@uwha.com.

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.