Friday, September 27, 2013

Interesting stuff in education September 27, 2013

“Tufts U. Adjuncts Vote to Unionize in Regional Campaign's First Victory”
“Adjunct faculty members at Tufts University have voted to unionize with the Service Employees International Union, marking the national union's first victory in a campaign to organize adjuncts across the Boston area and push institutions to improve their working conditions”.
“The 128-to-57 vote at Tufts, announced after ballots were tallied on Thursday, precedes an October 4 ballot count for adjuncts at Bentley University, who are also voting on whether to unionize with the SEIU as part of the Adjunct Action campaign”.
This is something to watch as it could have far reaching affects for all adjuncts in higher education.
I found this article a little sad, but it is an aspect of education we do not often think of:
“Why your waiter has an M.D.”
“The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) couples prospective applicants with residency programs, sort of like a medical version of eHarmony. Each applicant makes a list ranking the residency programs in their order of desirability. The residency programs do the same with the applicants, and the NRMP matches them up.
Not all graduating medical students get matched”.

“According to the NRMP, last year 971 graduates of U.S. medical schools were shut out, accounting for 5.9% of U.S. grads. Graduates of international medical schools fared even worse - less than 50% of them obtained a residency”.

“That means more than 7,000 doctors were left with a diploma that said “M.D.” but no guarantee they would be able to use it”.

Read the whole thing here:

“For Refugee Doctors, Journey Back To Practicing Medicine Is The Longest”

Are we wasting a resource here?

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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