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Medical Students, Residents Sue over Residency System

Martin O'Donnell told us about this article in today's New York Times that discusses a class action suit filed on behalf of medical students and young doctors challenging the legality of the residency system. At issue are the match process, the means of assigning 80 percent of all entry-level jobs for medical doctors in the United States, and the salary and benefits packages offered through the match process.

The article does a good job of illustrating the arguments on both sides of the case, for example: "Critics compare the residency matching program to early decision programs at colleges. They say that colleges accepting applicants through early decision can offer less attractive financial aid packages because there is no competition for those students, just as hospitals can pay residents low wages because they have nowhere else to go."

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