The Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association does not have a tally of how many members are without jobs. But a survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians found that 20 percent of emergency medicine group practices [laid off doctors] this year, almost one-third furloughed them and more than half cut hours or wages.
“What we’re watching now is frightening for the residents,” said [Mark Rosenberg,] the American College of Emergency Physicians’ president. Sontag, who attended the UT Health San Antonio residency program, said that only one of 12 final-year residents there has secured a job. In a typical year, all of them would have contracts by now.