And it's almost enough to get me to fire up the old blog again even though I have retired it....but my hospital, to save money on benefits such as medical insurance, disability, and the usual other minor things is contemplating reclassifying its resident as "Students" and not "Employees." The idea is that students can be paid a stipend but other than that, not only have no expectation of benefits but also have no legal recourse or protections. Now, I have a contract for next year so it probably won't affect me but I assure you that, given a choice, I would not have ranked my program as high as I did if there were no benefits. It is a free country and private organizations may do as they wish and pay what they want but it is a little unfair to the residents who have more than a year left and in subsequent years may have different contracts than the ones they expected to sign. My point: it may come to pass that by the time many of you reach residency, not only will it be a "student" position but it may be an unpaid one as well. By the way: My hospital receives $130,000 per year per resident from Medicare out of which our salaries (currently around $40,000 per year) are paid. Think about it. Blog article to follow in a few days. Screw it.