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Medical Resident FICA Forum
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Equal Treatment for Residents

I am currently a resident in year 6 out of 7. I am also the chair of the Resident Council at our institution. We have been following the medical resident FICA issue closely. At the University of Oklahoma residents are subjected to FICA withholding just as every other state employee.

We are included in the same medical benefits as well. However, when it comes to retirement, we are not eligible for the same benefits as every other employee. I can understand that if we were considered students, that we could be ineligible. However, the courts seem to agree that we are to be treated as employees.

I am not an expert on the laws that apply in this situation. It just seems to me that we are getting taken advantage of in one way or the other.

Is there any advice that you have for us in pressing for equal treatment?

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