Time to Vote for Future UWHA Members!

Dear Members of the Housestaff,

This is a friendly reminder that you have until 11:59PM PST on Thursday, May 26 to submit your vote for next year's UWHA Executive Board. So far over 200 individuals have cast a finalized ballot. About quarter of users who opened the Catalyst survey did not submit, so please make sure to click "Submit responses" at the bottom of the form once you are completely finished.

Voting link: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/vladg/304620


Resident Childcare Survey

Dear UW Residents and Fellows:

This is a reminder that UW Parenthood in Medical Education study will close in 1 week.

The UW Parenthood in Medical Education study group would like to better understand residents' and fellows' experiences around parental leave. We invite *parents and non-parents* in our community to complete our survey. This survey is not administered on behalf of the UW GME Office.

Seattle Weekly: Overworked, Underpaid: UW's Apprentice Doctors Demand a Raise

"The UW says residents' pay is up to national standards, but in America's tenth-most-expensive city, the docs ain't buying it." Please read the feature article by following this link

A Primer for Seattle Citizens on UW-UWHA Negotiations

What is a Resident and what does he or she do?
A Resident is a doctor who has completed four years of undergraduate education and four years of medical school who is now pursuing sub-specialized medical training. These areas include, but are not limited to, internal medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, and pediatrics.  After completing all licensing examinations, which typically occurs in the first year of Residency, a Resident can become a fully licensed physician in the State of Washington.

Seattle Times Article: Council Members Support Better Pay, Benefits for UW Doctors in Training

The Seattle Times released an article Sunday highlighting the support of Seattle City Council members for the UWHA.  We hope that with the continued support of our Residents and community, we will begin making meaningful strides. Please read the official story here.

Seattle City Council Supports UW Residents and Fellows, Writes Letter to University

On December 14th, members of the Seattle City Council supported a letter to the University of Washington President and Board of Regents recognizing that the treatment of Residents needs to improve.  The council urged the University "to meet the UWHA's reasonable demands" for the Resident physicians that "provide an invaluable service to our community."  They go on to state that Residents "deserve to be compensated fairly" and that it was shocking that Residents "earn less than our city's hourly minimum wage", "qualify for social services", and receive "free ("charity") care at the very hosp

Is Subsidized Parking Illegal?!?

Parking at the University of Washington during the course of your Residency and/or Fellowship costs thousands of dollars. For the past several years, whenever Residents requested discounted parking, the University responded that they could not provide discounted or cost neutral parking by state law. This myth has persisted for years; however, after review by our legal team, it is important to make the precedent clear.  

UWHA Responds to the University Unfairly (and potentially unlawfully) Raising Resident Parking Rates

Parking at the University of Washington is a heavy burden on Residents. During your intern year alone, approximately 10% of your salary goes directly to cover the costs of parking. Due to inadequate alternate means of transportation given our irregular and extended hours, we essentially give back to the University a large portion of our salary simply to take care of our patients. Thus, parking has been an area where we hoped negotiations would lead to meaningful change. Unfortunately, rather than decrease parking rates, the University on July  1st  raised parking rates for the Pay Per Use (

OCCAM Has Been Updated (5/10/16)

New layout, new filters, upgraded search engine.  All of the content is the same.

Use your UW NetID to log-in.

Update your old bookmarks to point to:  https://occam.uwmedicine.org

If you run into trouble or have questions, click the [ Contact Us ] Tab here, or from the OCCAM site.

You raised $1000 for foster kids in Seattle!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the UWHA Spring Party last night! Because of you, we raised $1000 for Treehouse, a Seattle nonprofit helping give education and opportunities to foster kids! Thank you to Fred Wildlife Refuge for helping us put on a great event!