Staff Shortages Will Continue

Impact to House Officers.

Maintaining appropriate staffing in healthcare facilities is essential to providing a safe work environment for providers and patients. As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, staffing shortages have occurred due to exposures, illness, remaining unvaccinated, or needing to care for family members at home, etc. 

These shortages impact House Officers, however, according to GME, there are no plans to deploy house officers in any other capacity than as house officer physicians. No house officers are performing duties outside the scope of their clinical training. If this statement is incorrect, please contact the HOA. All house officers will remain in positions where their physician clinical work is supervised by faculty and faculty back-up is available. At this time, it is not anticipated that there will be any involuntary deployments outside of physician training specialty or new limitations on external moonlighting. The intent is to honor the 80 hour work week limitation despite the circumstances cause by the pandemic. House Officers are on "Emergency Status" from the ACGME until February 10.

During the town hall on January 14, leadership answered that "there are no ongoing discussions regarding extending the COVID-19 time-off bank." On a related note, as of January 12, Michigan Medicine reduced the isolation period from 10 days to 7 days for employees who test positive for COVID-19. A negative test is NOT required prior to returning to work. More than 1,100 employees and learners tested positive with COVID-19 last week, according to information shared at last week's town hall. Based on the CDC graph below, the organization is somewhere between conventional and crisis, given the current return to work policy..