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.  

Reply to: [GMEC] Update on UW-UWHA Contract Negotiations

Dear UWHA Members and Program Directors,
Last year the Residents and Fellows voted to unionize because as a group we were struggling.  The major sources of financial hardship were salary, parking, and childcare. During our negotiations, we asked the University for help. In a recent email, the University claimed that we have made “meaningful progress” in these negotiations. Unfortunately, this is not the case. 

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 (

Thanks for making the UWHA Halloween Party amazing!

Thanks for coming out for the UWHA Halloween Party!  It was one of our biggest parties ever with around 250 people rocking the night away. You guys looked amazing and congratulations to the winners of the costume contest! A big thanks to Sole Repair Shop and to DJ Josh Abecassis for helping put on a great party! Please go to our Facebook page to see even more pictures!

UWHA Negotiations Update

This was a letter sent to the UHWA constituency on September 17, 2015 (Updated October 17, 2015)
Fellow UWHA Members,


At the beginning of every year we like to remind our team members that conversations regarding patient care should not happen in public spaces.  Even when not using patient identifiers, conversations in elevators, the cafeterias, and hallways can be overheard.  Comments regarding the difficulty of a surgery, problem patient, or troubling social situation can be misconstrued or even heard by family members of the person you are discussing.  Please be mindful of your patient care discussions and keep them private.  Thank you.

University of Michigan Housestaff President Answers Your Questions

Attached is an open letter to UW housestaff, written by the house officer association (HOA) president at the University of Michigan, Michael Lanham, MD. 
If you have a few minutes, I ask that you read it. Dr. Lanham is currently a fellow, has been president of the HOA for a number of years, and in the letter he addresses a number of issues that have been raised by UW housestaff during our exploration of restructuring.