Yale medical residents advocate for rights: 'Doctors are humans too'

Interns, residents and fellows interrupted a graduate medical education meeting Oct. 16 at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital to advocate for improvements to working conditions, WNPR reports.

Armed with a banner that said, "Doctors are humans too," the trainees presented a "Resident and Fellow Bill of Rights," according to the report.  

Among the rights they advocated for were the right to fair evaluations, living wages, and supervision and mentorship. Yale psychiatric resident Walker Keenan, MD, told WNPR: "The vast majority of people go into medicine to help people, but it's hard to be empathetic and to give of yourself to others if you cannot take care of your basic needs."

The action at Yale is part of a larger mobilization of trainees around the country, according to the report.

Stephen Huot, MD, PhD, director of graduate medical education at Yale School of Medicine, told WNPR the health system has more work to do, but that it has been committed to incorporating feedback into the work environment, providing behavioral health resources and creating a diverse workforce.     

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