Attn: Incoming Interns, Residents, & Fellows!

Congratulations on matching to UW and RFPU – NW! We’re so excited to welcome you all to Seattle in the coming months.

Now that you’ve matched, we encourage you to:

  1. Sign your membership card! We have a strong union because over 80% of residents and fellows at UW are dues-paying members! We have some of the lowest dues in the country at just 0.5% of your salary… and dues don’t start till you get paid! 
  2. Join one of our New Member Town Halls to learn more about our union! Open to everyone! There will be one on April 15th (7pm PT) and one on April 22nd (4pm PT)!
  3. Join our Buy/Sell group on Facebook to find an apartment (or even a roommate!), furniture, and more!
  4. Follow RFPU on Social Media to stay up to date on what we’re doing (you can find our accounts at the bottom of this email)

Workshop: Caring for Patients Who Are Incarcerated

The Care of Incarcerated Patients Task Force is excited to announce an upcoming workshop on caring for patients who are incarcerated or otherwise involved with law enforcement in the UW Medicine system. The purpose of this session is to train residents and fellows in how best to advocate and care for patients in the ED, inpatient setting, OR, and clinics, including how to navigate working with police and guards and dealing with forensic restraints, issues of privacy and consent, involving family in care, and other important topics. 

The workshop will be put on by Dr. Marc Stern and Dr. Lara Strick and will take place on Saturday March 20th from 9am-12pm via zoom. It will also be recorded. If you are interested in joining or would like us to send you the recording, please register here.



Dr. Marc F. Stern, MD, MPH is an Internal Medicine physician, Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington and Clinical Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Albany. He is an expert and consultant in Correctional Health Care and served as the Assistant Secretary for Health Services for the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Dr. Lara B. Strick, MD, MS is an Infectious Disease physician and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington. She works at Harborview Medical Center treating patients with HIV as well as for the Washington State Department of Corrections seeing patients with viral hepatitis and HIV. She is also co-chair of the state prison system’s Infection Prevention Program and works for the Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center as the Corrections Program Director. 

Event: Improving Gender Equity Through Unions

You know what’s good for improving gender equity at your workplace? Unions!

RFPU Board Members, Drs. Amy Zhang and Heather Barnett will be presenting our abstract, “Improving Gender Equity Through Unions” at this year’s Women in Medicine Training Summit at Mass General.

📆Join us on March 6th!
Summit: 6:00am- 9:15am PT
Abstract Presentation: 7:45am PT

Free Registration:

Attn: Med Students!

Are you preparing your rank list for next year (or thinking ahead to the year after) and need some help with the less glamourous logistics behind the pay and benefits you’ll receive during residency? Our residents and fellows are experts and ready to help!

Join members of our RFPU – NW executive board and staff for our second annual, “Make Your Rank List: How to Consider Salary, Benefits, and Union Representation in Deciding Where to Train” webinar and Q&A on Monday, December 7th at 7:00pm!

Open to Med Students everywhere!

RSVP Here: //

RFPU Meet & Greet w/ Kirsten Harris-Talley

We were very enthusiastic to endorse Kirsten Harris-Talley, candidate for State Representative in the 37th Legislative District (Central and South Seattle, Skyway, and Renton) this year.

Kirsten is a mom, educator, activist, and currently the Executive Director of Naral Pro-Choice – Washington. Kirsten shares our values on important issues like Covid recovery, economic justice, housing for all, universal childcare, climate justice, reproductive justice, and medicare for all.

We’re very excited to share that RFPU – NW is hosting a Zoom Meet and Greet with Kirsten Harris-Talley for our members specifically to discuss the issues that are important to you!

When: October 22nd, at 6:00pm
Where: Zoom – Check your Email for RSVP Link