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Are We Paying Our Housestaff Fairly?

Morris, Jon B. MD*; Burke, Sean V. JD; Berns, Jeffrey S. MD*

doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000000703
Surgical Perspectives

Trainees in US graduate medical education training programs are compensated on the basis of postgraduate year of training, not hours worked. This creates an inherently unfair compensation structure, with large discrepancies in hourly pay rates. We propose restructuring of salaries to promote fundamental fairness in how housestaff are compensated.

*Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Reprints: Jon B. Morris, MD, Department of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce St, 4 Maloney, Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail:

Disclosure: The authors declare there are no conflicts of interest and that no funding was received in support of this work.

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