Resident Disability

I’m sorry but sometimes old school traditions should stick.   Take, for example, this medical resident.  She is suing Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and four physicians over allegations that DHMC did not sufficiently accommodate her disability during her training.  Her issue?   It turns out she has severe and chronic insomnia “and said that during her residency from 2008 to 2010, DHMC physicians forced her to be on overnight call shifts even though doing so worsened her condition, according to the lawsuit.”  Call me crazy, that’s what radiologists do.   In order to make ridiculous and disproportionate money, they have to stay up at night sometimes. If she had insomnia I am not sure why that would be a problem anyway?   That being said, some career descriptions are what they are and if that job is not for you then you probably shouldn’t take that path.  I know making $400K with 16 weeks off is tempting but sometimes you need to pay your dues.   It shouldn’t just be handed to someone.  Or else I would take it!




Douglas Farrago MD

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  4 comments for “Resident Disability

  1. DrHockey
    April 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

    The only thing that would make this more funny would be if she were a surgery resident. Actually, if she were, her problem would be cured. Or at least it would have been solved in the days before restricted resident work hours became law.
    Really, I’m sure she has a serious problem. However, her choice of profession, very obviously, is a poor one. Pathology, maybe. Research lab, sure. But radiology? Maybe she just didn’t realize it involves more than just looking at a computer screen in a windowless dark room from 9-5. She should have thought things through a bit more carefully.

  2. Mark C
    April 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I think we have all encountered similar people in life- a person who wants special treatment or thinks the rules just don’t apply to them. I think her main disability is a severe allergy to work.

    • Bill Mast
      April 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      I agree c above. Sometimes what you have to do stinks, but you what you must!
      Bill Mast retired Gastroenterologist

  3. John Difini, MD
    April 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Her fellow residents should consider suing as well, since her insomnia might give her an unfair advantage for seeking moonlighting opportunities.

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