Northwest Labor Press
by Don McIntosh
October 21, 2019
About 830 doctors are about to unionize at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).
On Oct. 15, Oregon AFSCME turned in union authorization cards signed by a majority of the group. The union will become official after the Oregon Employment Relations Board checks the cards against a list provided by the university.
The new unit consists of medical interns, residents and fellows, known collectively as “house officers” within their profession. Having earned doctoral degrees, house officers treat patients under the supervision of “attending physicians.” It’s the final stage of their training before they become licensed to practice medicine as a physician. In their first year, house officers are known as interns, and in subsequent years they’re known as residents. Fellows are those who’ve completed a residency and are continuing training in a subspecialty.
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