Medical Residents Advocacy Group
The Medical Residents Advocacy Group is dedicated to improving the quality of life for medical students, medical residents and fellows through advocacy and—when necessary—legal action.
We help those who are being:
- denied their rights under employment contracts or professional rules and regulations;
- unfairly denied credit toward board eligibility requirements;
- expected to participate in fraud on government healthcare programs or private insurers;
- discriminated against on the basis of race, gender or other improper classification;
- improperly directed to physician health programs (PHPs);
- sexually harassed or assaulted by supervisors, co-workers or others; or
- otherwise unfairly exploited by their programs, supervisors or institutions.
We address injustices at every level, ranging from individual cases to nationwide systemic failures and abuses. While we maintain offices in Illinois and are licensed only by that state, we operate nationwide under state laws authorizing multi-jurisdictional practices.
Our founding members are attorneys Sherman Marek, JD; Edward Moor, JD, and Jeff Weisman, JD, MD, PhD.
Sherman Marek is an attorney licensed in Illinois only who has been actively advocating and litigating for medical residents for more than 15 years. In May 2002, Mr. Marek filed the well-known antitrust class action against the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and dozens of the largest teaching hospitals in the United States. On behalf of tens of thousands of medical residents and fellows nationwide, Mr. Marek’s lawsuit sought higher wages and lower work hours through the forced elimination of “the Match” and other restrains on competition. One month after Mr. Marek filed the lawsuit, the defendants quickly adopted work hour limits for medical residents nationwide. While these “voluntary” limits have helped protect residents for many years, those limits and other oversight mechanisms have deteriorated over time with corresponding harm to residents and fellows.
Edward R. Moor is a Chicago trial lawyer with 28 years of experience preparing and trying jury trials of product liability, personal injury, civil rights, class action, business fraud, medical malpractice, and complex litigation suits. He has been recognized as an Illinois “Super Lawyer,” has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer since 2012, and made the National Law Journal 2013 Top Lawyers list. He is AV Preeminent Rated, and licensed in Illinois and Indiana only.
Jeff Weisman is both an attorney and a medical doctor. He began his residency training at one of the largest hospital systems in the country and saw first hand the abuses that resident and attending physicians face on a daily basis. He has seen physicians injured and patients killed related to unsafe practices. He returned to the practice of law to focus on assisting physicians. Jeff is a licensed attorney only in Illinois, the District of Columbia, before the United States Patent Office and a Fellow in the College of Legal Medicine (FCLM). With his academic background, Jeff has an understanding of the abuses that can occur in academic medicine with IRBs, clinical trials and sham peer reviews. He has experience working with residents that have faced sexual harassment, civil rights violations and disability discrimination.