Svjetlana Lozo, MD
OB-GYN, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
In residency, I have seen how CIR works to improve our lives, our hospital, and the quality of care our patients receive. At Maimonides, CIR has given us a voice to help increase our salaries, secure meal vouchers and negotiate vacation benefits. On the hospital level, CIR has brought the resident body into a close, mutually beneficial relationship with our administration. We have established a quality improvement fellowship, and residents and administrators are excited about working together to improve the quality of patient care.
As a member of CIR, I’ve learned what a significant role residents can play in the evolution of our healthcare system. I would like CIR to become more involved in our communities and enable residents to have direct exposure to important health concerns. From local to international levels, I hope for a greater emphasis on public health advocacy and more active resident involvement in public health projects.
I have also learned that collective bargaining is a powerful tool that residents and fellows need to possess and understand. I look forward to sharing my experience with residents at different institutions and actively working to bring the union into new hospitals.
I am also excited to actively participate in promoting patient safety and the quality of health care in CIR hospitals. As residents and fellows, we are often not aware of issues that hospitals are facing. CIR can help us overcome this, and I am eager to be part of the collaborative solutions that will improve the care we deliver our patients.