Being members of CIR helped with our recent contract negotiations and allowed us to see salary increases as well as a retroactive salary stub because we had many years of salary stagnancy. It helped with morale of the residents and made me feel like I could count on the union to stand behind me.
By being a member of CIR, I have learned how to work with other residents on getting issues solved in the hospital. I have learned that many everyday problems that we, as residents, face can be solved if we work together and take them to the proper places. I have learned that other residents often face problems that I faced as an individual, and if we work together more can be accomplished because our voice is louder.
I would like to help CIR improve outreach into hospitals that do not have a CIR chapter. I feel that spreading the word to residents that belong to CIR currently can help us find contacts at hospitals that do not have chapters. I also believe we can start email chains that could be sent to hospitals without CIR through such contacts. There is much work to be done in this area, and I think I could help in this manner.
By working as an alternate delegate for Metropolitan Hospital Center this year, I was able to act as a sounding board for many residents and guide them to the proper channels to have their problems addressed. I was able to advocate on behalf on many residents at our hospital throughout the year. By becoming a regional vice president, I hope to advocate for residents across our region, as well as our country. I intend to work with other CIR executive committee members to bring programming to hospitals in our region to teach residents new innovations in patient safety. I hope to help organize more events with regards to patient safety that can bring residents together across the region and country, which will help foster our physician community.