Cornell University

Labor and Employment Law Program

16 E. 34th Street, 4th Floor, 212-340-2866

Physicians as Employees: Critical Legal Issues in the New Medical Workplace

October 2 and 9, 2013 - New York City

Wednesday, Oct. 2 and 9, 2013, from 6:00-8:30pm
Cornell University ILR Conference Center
16 East 34th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10016

The rapidly expanding workforce of employed physicians has raised critical legal and ethical issues for the medical profession. This two-part program will examine the implications for patient care, professional autonomy and responsibility, and labor and employment law rights and duties, from the perspective of physician employees, medical employers, physician labor unions and associations, and attorneys representing them.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013: The Individual Employed Physician
This forum focuses on key issues arising in an employed physician's workplace (whether hospital, medical college, practice group, independent physician association, or professional staffing organization). Issues to be discussed include: the competing and shared interests of medical employers and physicians; the fundamental tension between physician autonomy and duty of loyalty; the impact of the employment relationship on patient welfare and quality care; and traditional employment law issues, e.g., the employment contract, compensation, benefits, insurance coverage; duties and responsibilities, restrictive covenants, peer review/corrective action, and the interplay of individual agreements, hospital/practice group by-laws, managed care agreements, and external laws and regulations.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013: The Represented Employed Physician
This panel will explore models for group representation of physicians, including medical staff societies, societies of attending physicians at medical centers, independent practice associations, affordable care organizations, and traditional labor unions. Topics examined include the legal structures, powers and limits of such groups, their role in protecting physician autonomy, quality practice and patient welfare, and their effectiveness in negotiating compensation and other employment terms and conditions. The panel also will discuss the competing and shared interests of medical labor and management; the tension between the represented physician's professional autonomy and duty of loyalty; and key provisions in and common disputes arising under collectively bargained physician agreements and other physician group agreements.

Who Should Attend? This program is directed at a broad audience including labor, employment, and health law attorneys; human resources professionals; employed physicians and medical employers.

CLEs and CMEs

CLEs: Each session of this program offers 2.0 NYS CLEs in Professional Practice. For information on our CLE financial hardship policy, please contact Stephanie Sutow at 212-340-2866 or e-mail

CMEs: Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell ILR. Weill Cornell Medical College is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Weill Cornell Medical College designates this live activity for a maximum of _4_ AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For other information, please contact Stephanie Sutow at 212-340-2866 or e-mail

Planning Committee: Esta Bigler, Esq., Cornell University ILR Labor and Employment Program; Harry Franklin, Esq., Committee of Interns and Residents, SEIU Healthcare; Robert B. Stulberg, Esq., Broach & Stulberg, LLP.

Program Materials