UWHA HALLOWEEN PARTY - Saturday, Oct 25

All You Ghouls and Goblins,

When business ends, play begins -> so lets spook out for Halloween.

This Saturday, Oct 25th.

9pm, get on over to 1927 Events, 1927 3rd Ave.

Bust out your zombie shoes for a DJ-fueled, charity-themed, photobooth adorned, costume contest laden, all out bonanza.

$10 Suggested door donation with proceeds going to Trick or Treat for UNICEF: http://www.unicefusa.org/mission/usa/trick-or-treat

Your party throwing pumpkins at the UWHA,

Alok Patel PGY3 Pediatrics

Very Important Survey re: UWMC/HMC Culture of Safety

Please take less than 10 minutes to fill out this important 15 question survey. The results will be aggregated and comments will be de-identified to ensure anonymity. Thank you in advance for recognizing the importance of this data, its impact on patient safety, and for taking the time to fill out the survey. 

Survey link:  https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/cotting/247923

 

UWHA Election Result Certified

Dear Colleagues,

Residents and fellows have voted in favor of restructuring the UWHA into a collective bargaining unit. University of Washington housestaff now have the ability to negotiate a binding contract with the University, and will be doing so in the coming months. Until that new contract is approved by housestaff, the contract we all signed before July remains in effect.

The UW housestaff first attempted to formally negotiate their contract in 1964 and, effective this morning following official certification by the state, UWHA is now the largest independent resident physician collective bargaining unit in the country. Regardless of this development, the main priority of UWHA, and the GME office, remains to advocate for and support all physicians in training at the University of Washington.

Sincerely, 

UWHA Executive Board

Jacob Sunshine, MD
Jenny Favinger, MD
Carolyn Sy, MD
Patrick Lang, MD
Alok Patel, MD

Vote

You can vote by: 

Phone: 1-888-357-9947
             or
Internet: www.perc.isivote.com

The polls close September 23rd, 2014 at 9 am PST.

All votes are confidential.

 

If you do not have your PIN, you can call the Voter Help Line to retrieve it.

360-570-7303

UWHA Happy Hour | Informal Q&A. Friday, 9/5/14, 7:30 pm, Linda’s on Capitol Hill.

Come by Linda's in Cap Hill for another Q&A about the upcoming vote for the CBU hosted by your UWHA executive members.  Start the weekend off by grabbing a drink with fellow housestaff members.  

See you there!

-UWHA

From the Archives: UWHA Op-Ed, Seattle Times, 1981

When this op-ed was written, over three decades ago, housestaff efforts to form a CBU were simply rebuffed by the University. Back then that ended the discussion. Changes in state law and general attitudes about the critical role housestaff play in hospital operations have led to a different outcome in 2014—this time residents have been deemed by the state to be employees and thus eligible to hold a CBU election. Many things were obviously different then, including no work hour restrictions. However then, as now, the primary goal of the effort was to have a seat at the table and to be in a position to negotiate a basic contract.

The author’s name has been redacted as a courtesy as she is unaware that this is being posted—33 years after the fact. The author, then a Children’s resident, is now chairwoman of a pediatric neurology department at a well-respected children’s hospital.

The current UWHA does not endorse everything that is written here, but thought this essay was fascinating and would provide some historical context. Enjoy.

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UWHA Q&A Happy Hour | This Friday, 8/22, Elysian Brewing Company, Cap Hill, 7:30 pm

Anyone that wants to meet Everyone,

The sun is still shining, the town is buzzing, and an insanely solid academic year is upon us....But life isn't all about partying (yeah, yeah, I know) and there are some important topics to talk about as well.  From the summer jam, the feedback we got was that residents enjoyed meeting one another.  From our first UWHA meeting, residents were appreciative of better understanding the restructuring process....why not combine the two?

You know how we roll, with business always comes play. Before, after, and during. And with that, I give you:

UWHA HAPPY HOUR -> An informal Q/A Session with Social Flair
Elysian Brewery 1221 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, Cap Hill
THIS FRIDAY August 22, 2014, 7:30 pm

So no frills, just a solid good time. Dr. Sunshine and the UWHA misfits will all be present to answer questions about restructuring, life, love, and everything in between. But more importantly, this represents an excuse for me to endorse another mingling session for the birds.

Bringing you love, laughter, and candid business chat,

Your friendly neighborhood UWHA

Alok Patel PGY3

UWHA Kickoff Meeting | Mon, 8/18, 7 pm, at Harborview

The vote on restructuring the housestaff association is approaching. We'll answer your questions and talk about the upcoming year. Dinner, as always, will be provided. 

Details:
UWHA Kickoff Meeting  
Monday, August 18th, 7 pm
Harborview R&T Building 117/121

SINGLES CANOEING -> Today

All You That Are Attracted to Doctors,

Today's your lucky day. Get done with call, sign out, freshen up, and swing on by.

All you need to do is show up. Then, the evening is yours to meet other singles, mingle, and be merry.  OH, and canoe.

Lake Washington Today! Thursday, August 7th at 6:30pm

The WAC (3900 Montlake Blvd. NE, behind the E12 parking lot and Husky Football stadium)

Those folks starting all the social mayhem,

UWHA/GME

- Alok Patel UWHA Social Chair

PGY3 Pediatrics

 

 

Text Paging Rolling out to UWMC Medical/Surgical Floors

It's been in the ICUs, now it's moving to the floors. Remember, the goal of this text-paging initiative is to establish a standard format and language for text pages. Housestaff play an important role by responding appropriately when they get these pages. There are 3 codes that you need to be familiar with in order to respond appropriately. 

FYI: No call back necessary
CTC (Call to Confirm): Call back within 30 minutes
URGENT: Either go to the bedside or call back within 5 minutes

New Format:
Response Code, Patient Name, Issue, Name of RN, Phone Number

Examples:
CTC, Pt. George, hct dropped from 23 to 19, Mary, 89723
FYI, Pt. Rogers, Family has finally arrived, Vicky, 89709

This is a resident-designed text paging system, originally implemented at Seattle Children's Hospital. Residents and nurses have both found this system to be a big improvement. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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