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The collective resignation of medical residents is a fait accompli… Hospitals prepare response plans assuming a vacuum

Big 5 hospitals decide schedule adjustments are inevitable… Coordinate surgery schedule, prepare patient information

All residents at Big 5 hospitals collectively resign by the 19th

All residents at Big 5 hospitals collectively resign by the 19th

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Jan-di = As the resignation of residents protesting the government’s expansion of medical school quotas becomes a reality, major hospitals are also preparing preparedness measures in anticipation of a gap in treatment.

According to the medical community on the 18th, the so-called ‘Big 5’ large hospitals in Seoul are seeking countermeasures, such as considering the collective resignation of residents as a fait accompli and coordinating surgery schedules.

All residents, including interns and residents at the Big 5 hospitals, Seoul National University, Severance, Samsung Seoul, Seoul Asan, and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, have submitted their resignations by the 19th and have decided to stop working as of 6 a.m. on the 20th.

Hospitals believe that schedule adjustments are inevitable as many residents have already expressed their intention to resign.

The intention is to take a conservative approach, assuming that there will be a large-scale defection even if there are interns, residents, etc. who withdraw their intention to resign during this period.

Residents, who make up 30 to 40 percent of the medical staff at tertiary general hospitals, are responsible for a variety of tasks, including assisting professors with surgeries and medical treatments and checking the conditions of hospitalized patients.

On the 16th, Severance Hospital announced that each department would discuss adjusting surgery schedules in preparation for resident vacancies, and since then, some departments have been reviewing the emergency and severity of patients.

Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul Asan Medical Center, and Samsung Seoul Hospital are also discussing various aspects, including how to adjust surgeries and hospitalizations in advance and how to deploy replacement personnel to prevent further confusion when mass resignation of residents becomes a reality.

Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital is also preparing to inform patients that surgery and hospitalization schedules may be adjusted depending on the emergency and severity due to the collective resignation and general strike of residents.

All residents at Big 5 hospitals collectively resign by the 19th

All residents at Big 5 hospitals collectively resign by the 19th

The medical community is concerned that there will be extreme confusion in the medical field, similar to the time when residents walked out of hospitals in opposition to the expansion of medical schools in 2020. .

At that time, as residents protested against the expansion of medical schools and went on hiatus, each hospital tried to prevent a medical crisis by deploying clinical instructors and professors.

However, even at that time, as the group leave of residents continued ‘indefinitely’, the shortage of manpower in the field worsened, and there were many cases of non-urgent surgeries being postponed. In some hospital emergency rooms, a scene was created where professors gathered without residents to care for patients.

For this reason, each hospital is most concerned about the situation where the ‘vacancy’ of residents is prolonged. Moreover, I believe that if full-time doctors, called clinical instructors, fellows, etc., join in, the situation could worsen into an unmanageable situation. Full-time doctors are doctors who remain at the hospital to learn their specific specialty after completing the residency program and obtaining a specialty.

An official from Big 5 Hospital said, “We will not be able to determine the exact amount of resignation until the 20th, but just in case, we are considering various measures to ensure patient safety and minimize inconvenience in treatment.” He added, “There will be responses at the hospital level, but we can flexibly adjust each department.” “I know that,” he said.

jandi@yna.co.kr

Report to KakaoTalk okjebo 2024/02/18 06:00 Sent

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