Elmhurst Hospital Physicians and Fellows Rally for Equitable Treatment
Resident physicians and fellows at Elmhurst Hospital, represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU), held a rally on Tuesday to bring attention to what they believe is Mount Sinai’s inequity in the treatment of healthcare workers and to call for a fair contract to benefit themselves and their patients. They were joined by New York State Senator Jessica Ramos and New York City Council Member Tiffany Cabán.
“Across our hospitals, the expectations for us as physicians are the same: We must give the highest quality, compassionate care possible while ensuring that we receive the necessary training,” said first-year pediatrics resident Dr. Alaa Mohamed. “There’s no reason why Mount Sinai physicians at one institution should be paid less because they work in a different zip code.”
The CIR members say that Mount Sinai resident physicians in wealthier, and often private, hospitals are compensated differently for the same work. Elmhurst Hospital in Queens serves one of the most diverse patient populations in the city—including many immigrant, poor, and underinsured patients—and its resident physicians are demanding pay and benefits parity with residents at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Upper East Side. Read more at QNS.com and follow CIR/SEIU on Twitter for updates!