November 2023

COVID-19 Burn Out Causing More Resident Physicians to Unionize, Part 2

By |2024-03-14T09:59:17-04:00November 11, 2023|Health care Law, Medical Education Law Blog|

stethoscope and gavel with the word covid-19 written before it
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

This is part two of a blog series focusing on the effects of COVID burnout in healthcare professionals. Don’t forget to read part one.


The Problem With Residents’ Working Conditions Existed Long Before the Pandemic.

It’s common for resident physicians to work long hours for relatively low pay. They have little or no ability to determine their schedule and are generally locked into positions for up to seven years. Certainly, medical residents have voiced concerns about their work lives long before the pandemic. Some describe […]

October 2023

COVID-19 Burn Out Causing More Resident Physicians to Unionize, Part 1

By |2024-03-14T09:59:17-04:00October 14, 2023|Medical Education Law Blog|

Author HeadshotBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

This is part one in a blog series focusing on the effects of COVID burnout in healthcare professionals. Be sure to check back for part two.

As you know, residents are new physicians who have recently finished medical school and are spending three to seven years obtaining additional training in a medical specialty. Almost all hospitals practice independently; after all, they are doctors already. And in nearly all hospitals where resident physicians practice, they represent the front line of medical care. On duty all the time, on-call all the time, they are usually the first medical […]

Retaliation Because Graduate Student Requested Reasonable Accommodations Is Illegal Old Dominion University Case Shows

By |2024-03-14T09:59:18-04:00October 10, 2023|Medical Education Law Blog|

Author and Attorney HeadshotBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Does a graduate student, resident physician or fellow have a good legal cause of action for retaliation or discrimination based on their school or program, retaliating against them for requesting reasonable accommodations? The answer is “Yes,” as a fairly recent case shows.

U.S. Department of Justice vs. Old Dominion University.

In the case of the U.S. Department of Justice vs. Old Dominion University, a doctoral student with a disability was discriminated against and retaliated against by Old Dominion University (ODU), in Norfolk, Virginia, for asking for reasonable accommodations.

Because the graduate student requested reasonable accommodations, their […]

November 2018

Medical Resident Awarded More Than $400,000 in Hospital Breach of Contract Lawsuit

By |2024-03-14T10:00:20-04:00November 27, 2018|Medical Education Law Blog|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On October 9, 2018, a jury in Michigan federal court awarded more than $400,000 to the parents of an international medical school graduate after finding that Pontiac General Hospital breached their son’s residency program contract. The law suit, which has been described as a “pay for play” case, was first filed in 2017 in the U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan.

Breach of Contract.

The Canadian family claims the owners of Pontiac General asked for $400,000 in exchange for their son’s acceptance into the facility’s residency program in the fall of 2016. Court records show that the medical […]

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