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Resident Forum
June 10, 1998

ACGME Adopts New Mechanism to Address Residents' Concerns

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JAMA. 1998;279(22):1782N. doi:10.1001/jama.279.22.1782

In the February 18 Resident Forum column, we reported on the issue of collective negotiations between resident physicians and their residency programs. The question being considered by the National Labor Relations Board is whether residents would be protected under US labor laws if they negotiated working conditions with their programs. Absent a voice in these negotiations, some residents feel that they have little opportunity to improve their working conditions and little recourse when faced with mistreatment. Some of the criticism for the status quo has fallen on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which accredits the 7619 residency programs.