True and likewise programs can decide not to renew your contract at the end of the year. I actually have heard of this happening, but this generally were for residents who were going to be let go anyways. Of course if you really screw up they can fire you before your contract is up but you really have to do something pretty bad.Originally posted by Pilot Doc
Residents are free to quit at any time, regardless of the program's wishes. (Since the passage of the 13th amendment, this is true of any job.) A program could sue for breach of contract damages. However, they cannot make a resident stay nor can they prevent a resident from taking another job (i.e. residency.)
Also, most residency contracts run year to year, so a program would have zero recourse should a resident decide not to resign.