For the past three years, psychiatry department leadership has made various attempts to avoid paying all chief residents their monthly stipend. This has never sat right with residents. This year, RFPU was enlisted to advocate for psychiatry residents and hold the employer accountable to our contract. In late January, the formal grievance process was pursued to prevent stipend withholding from future classes. Due to the requirements of the grievance process, the RFPU grievance team was able to enforce that psychiatry department leadership work with GME to update their policy and provide a written guarantee to pay all current and future psychiatry chief residents their full stipend. This is a huge success!
Thank you to the psychiatry residents who reached out to us and advocated for their peers!
If your program is withholding chief resident stipends (regardless of FTE), please reach out to let us know. All chief residents are guaranteed $175/month.