The American Medical Student Association, Reston, Va., said it successfully pushed a proposal that will provide doctors-in-training with more information to make choices on residency programs. The AMSA said its proposal to require that residency programs disclose contract terms to students was accepted yesterday by the National Resident Matching Program. The new rule will take effect for participants in the 2005 match. "New students will be better equipped to compare actual salaries, working conditions and work-related benefits and will have increased ability to negotiate for higher pay, better hours or more competitive benefits," said Lauren Oshman, national president of AMSA, which represents about 40,000 students. The matching program, a private, not-for-profit corporation created in 1952 to connect students with residency programs, is the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed by students who contend that the annual match thwarts competition and keeps wages low. Teaching hospitals across the nation have asked Congress to pass a law to block the suit, which is pending in U.S. District Court in Washington. -- by Michael Romano
Group says residency programs will reveal terms
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