Friday, January 14, 2011

Residents, Supreme Court says you're not students (8-0)

Mayo Clinic lost a law suit against the government in which Mayo tried to argue that housestaff, or physicians completing residency training, are students under the law rather than employees, or workers.

The case wended its way through the legal system, all the way up to the Supreme Court, which made a 8-0 ruling on January 11th, against Mayo Clinic, firmly establishing housestaff as employees rather than students.  An interesting editorial on the events leading to the decision is available at the New England Journal of Medicine.

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