Medical Residents – Miriam Hospital

Miriam Hospital Medical Residents

As one of Rhode Island's leading healthcare institutions, The Miriam Hospital is a truly rewarding place to undertake a medical residency. Residents at “The Miriam” have the privilege of working at a hospital known for its commitment to quality patient care. The urology services are ranked among the best in the country, and the hospital is home to Rhode Island's first Joint-Commission certified Stroke Center.

The Miriam is one of the major teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Given Brown University's prestige, individuals accepted into a Miriam Hospital residency can expect a rigorous and challenging training environment. You will be pushed to reach your full potential and become the best doctor you can be, but such a demanding career path comes with its own challenges. To protect your emerging professional reputation, it's crucial that you understand what's expected of you as a Miriam Hospital resident and what to do if you're subject to a grievance procedure.

Joseph Lento, a medical resident attorney-advisor, can help if you call 888.535.3686 today. But in the meantime, here's an overview of The Miriam Hospital resident rules and what happens if you're accused of a policy violation.

Miriam Hospital Medical Resident Rules and Guidelines

As a Miriam Hospital resident, you're part of Rhode Island's integrated health system, Lifespan. Every resident at a Lifespan hospital, including The Miriam, must abide by certain codes of conduct and guidelines if they are to complete the training program. You can view the codes of conduct by accessing the hospital's intranet with your unique login credentials, and it's important you read these rules before working at The Miriam. The main rules are found in the House Officer Agreement and House Officers' Handbook and cover various policy areas, including:

  • anti-discrimination and anti-harassment
  • grievance procedures
  • moonlighting
  • patient care standards
  • physician behavior
  • professional ethics
  • vaccine and health status

Whether you're a resident at The Miriam, Rhode Island Hospital, or another affiliated hospital, you are bound by a Resident's Contract. The agreement has the same core clauses, regardless of which hospital you work at, and the same goal – ensuring you understand your responsibilities to patients, colleagues, and the wider medical community.

The contract lasts for one year, and there's no guarantee of program advancement. Advancement depends on demonstrating:

  • acceptable physician behavior
  • adherence to relevant guidelines
  • satisfactory patient and staff interactions
  • sufficient medical knowledge and skill

In other words, you must demonstrate that you're ready to assume more independence and responsibility for patient care to move forward.

Consequences of Breaching Hospital Resident Policies

Breaching The Miriam Hospital resident rules, or failing to make satisfactory progress, can result in serious professional consequences. You could be held back a year, disciplined for behavioral misconduct, or even have your contract terminated.

  • The Resident Contract allows for non-renewal or non-promotion if you fail to meet the standards required of you.
  • The hospital will determine whether to renew your contract by considering, among other factors, the needs of the hospital and whether you receive a favorable recommendation from the Program Director.

If alleged policy violations aren't handled properly, they can jeopardize your career prospects. You've invested too much – financially, mentally, and professionally – to fall at this hurdle. Contact attorney-advisor Joseph Lento at the Lento Law Firm to see how he can help.

Policy Violation Grievance Procedure at The Miriam Hospital

As a private hospital, The Miriam has its own procedures for handling issues of non-renewal or non-promotion. However, it still endeavors to uphold due process toward affected residents.

  • According to the Resident Contract, residents are entitled to four months' notice if the hospital does not wish to promote them or renew their contract.
  • If the issue leading to the accusations takes place within this final four-month period, the resident is entitled to reasonable notice.
  • The hospital should set out its decision in writing so that you may have an opportunity to respond.

Every resident should have a fair opportunity to challenge the hospital's decision and present their own side of the story. The hospital should also set out its reasons for deciding to terminate the residency or hold the resident back.

If you're facing disciplinary action or the non-renewal of your training contract, Joseph Lento can help you frame your defense in the best possible light. He can guide you as to what options are available, and he will ensure that the hospital respects your right to due process.

Discontinued Program

According to the contract, there's always a chance that The Miriam Hospital will discontinue a residency program based on matters beyond your control. In this case, the hospital should help you find a place on a new program and facilitate the smooth transfer of your attainment records. If your program is terminated and you feel you have been treated unfairly, contact Joseph Lento for advice.

Medical Resident Attorney-Advisor | Lento Law Firm

As a medical resident at The Miriam Hospital, you've come too far to let a policy violation ruin your shot at a medical career. And while The Miriam has rules in place for handling grievances, these procedures are stressful and challenging to navigate alone, especially when you're working so hard towards your goals. That's where Joseph Lento can help. As an experienced attorney-a