UWHA Negiotation Prefrences Survey


We would just like to remind the housestaff (ACGME residents/fellows) to fill out this short survey about negotiation priorities.  Your input is very helpful to gather data for the upcoming contract negotiation.  The survey should take less than 5 minutes to fill out.

Survey Link:



UWHA Negotiation Team

Congratulations to the UWHA Negotiation Team selected for the upcoming contract negotiation.  The following are members of the team that will begin meeting this month to help construct future housestaff contracts


Vivek Datta, MD | Psychiatry 

Edo Bedzra, MD, MBA | Cardiothoracic Surgery 

Nick Mark, MD | Pulmonary/Critical Care 

Roni Prucz, MD | Plastic Surgery 

Andrew Korson, MD | Gastroenterology 

Carolina Simunovic, MD | Dermatology

Graham Strub, MD | Otolaryngology

Maggie Flanagan, MD | Pathology 

Andrew Dervan MD, MBA | Medical Genetics 


We would like to thank everyone that applied as there were many great applicants.


Halloween Jam - Thanks to All!

The DJ kept the house hoppin', we saw some epic costumes, from a storm trooper to Legends of the Hidden Temple to the Lady Gaga dancers,

We had over 200 folks come jam, AND all in all, we raised over $2,000 for UNICEF.

Which costumes rocked the hardest?

Lego Farmer - Best Single

Jellyfish - Best Couple

Hugh Hefner and his 'business women' - Best Group

Once again, we say thanks to everyone that showed up and kept the social scene alive.

Check the GME page for photobooth pics -> http://on.fb.me/1ssG8A8

This, ladies and zombies, is what we call Halloween success. Work hard, spook out even harder.

Happy Halloween Week!

Those party throwing pumpkins at the UWHA


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.


UWHA Executive Board

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


You can vote by: 

Phone: 1-888-357-9947
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.


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!


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.


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