CIR members advocate on behalf of their patients, their fellow resident physicians, their hospitals, and the healthcare system at large, both inside and outside the hospital. Below is an example of just some of the work we do.
Advocating for Residents
CIR members “collectively bargain” or negotiate with their employers over concerns that are most pressing to residents. The CIR contract (also called a “collective bargaining agreement”) is a legally binding document between the hospital and the housestaff that provides language that ensures fair wages, benefits, and working conditions.
Physicians face numerous challenges throughout residency, from workplace hazards to mental stress. We offer resources, tips and educational materials for Improving Resident Well-being.
CIR founded a non-profit organization, the Policy and Education Initiative, which hosts and sponsors conferences, research and educational programs designed to improve residency education and patient care.
We seek to help residents expand their Resources & Opportunities, be it through Post-Residency Seminars, Quality Improvement and Health Justice Fellowships, or volunteer opportunities abroad.
Advocating for Patients; Strengthening Hospitals
CIR doctors are taking the lead to improve patient safety and enhance residency training. Learn more about Quality Improvement Initiatives and how we can incorporate best practices in our hospitals. Additional resources are also available through CIR’s Policy and Education Initiative.
As leaders of the communities we serve, CIR doctors advocate for systemic and environmental changes that impact public health in the Bronx. Through the Healthy Bronx Initiative, CIR seeks to be an authoritative voice in public health promoting quality access to basic resources like housing, affordable and nutritious food, technology, fair wages, and health insurance.
Health Care Reform has major implications for doctors, hospitals, and patients. Additionally, residents are expected to know how this ever-changing system affects us. Stay up-to-date with new federal laws, court rulings, insurance mandates and all other matters that physicians need to know to best serve our patients.
CIR doctors who are interested in taking an active role in advocating for their patients at the government level can sign up for the CIR Rapid Response Team. Whether we’re signing petitions, writing op-eds or meeting with our Congressional Representatives, our voices need to be heard!
As physicians in safety-net hospitals, we know that our patients sometimes need more care than is readily available. With Patient Care Funds which are specific to individual CIR hospitals, residents can request funding for new equipment, hospital renovations, taxi vouchers, or anything else that may benefit our the physical, mental or emotional health of our patients.
Medical malpractice is a contentious subject, fraught with anxiety and confusion for many physicians, including residents. There is a great deal written about what’s wrong with our current system, but much of it is contradictory and sometimes seems to pit physicians and patients against each other. Too often, residents are left out of the discussion altogether. At CIR, we aim to change that.