Maja Buj v. Psychiatry Residency Training

NOT PRECEDENTIAL UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT ___________ No. 20-3266 __________ DR. MAJA J. BUJ, M.D., Appellant v. PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY TRAINING; ZEYNEP OZENCI, M.D., Trainee, Graduate of Turkey Med. School; TSHERING BHUTIA, M.D., Trainee, Med Graduate of India Medical School; RESHI AGGARWAL, M.D., Asst. Program Director; WEJID HUSSAIN, M.D. Trainee; RUTGERS NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SCHOOL, Newark, NJ; NAJEEB HUSSAIN ____________________________________ On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (D.C. Civil Action No. 2-17-cv-05012) District Judge: Honorable Claire C. Cecchi ____________________________________ Submitted Pursuant to Third Circuit LAR 34.1(a) May 18, 2021 Before: MCKEE, SHWARTZ and RESTREPO, Circuit Judges (Opinion filed June 9, 2021) ___________ OPINION* ___________ PER CURIAM * This disposition is not an opinion of the full Court and pursuant to I.O.P. 5.7 does not constitute binding precedent. Pro se appellant Dr. Maja Buj appeals from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey’s order granting summary judgment to defendant Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (“Rutgers”). For the following reasons, we will affirm the District Court’s judgment. I. Dr. Buj was born in 1960 in Belgrade, then located in Yugoslavia. She earned a general medical degree and a specialist degree in psychiatry and practiced medicine for several years before immigrating to the United States. She alleges that she has suffered or continues to suffer from disabilities related to post-traumatic spinal arthritis, linguicism, and complicated grief.1 By 2015, Dr. Buj successfully passed several United States Medical Licensing Examinations and began applying to psychiatry residency programs, including one at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Rutgers primarily secures psychiatry residents through the National Resident Matching Program, an annual nationwide program that uses an algorithm to place applicants at institutions. Applicants apply directly to institutions and institutions interview selected applicants. Applicants then rank their preferred institutions while institutions rank their preferred applicants. These lists are submitted to the Matching Program and both applicants and institutions are bound by the 1 Dr. Buj argues that the District Court wrongly identified her post-traumatic spinal arthritis as post-traumatic stress disorder. But the District Court correctly identified her claimed disabilities elsewhere in its opinion and order when dealing directly with her ADA claim. And the exact nature of her disabilities was neither contested nor material to the District Court’s legal analysis. Op. and Order Granting Mot. for Summ. J. ¶¶ 2, 15, ECF No. 105. results of the matching process. If an institution does not fill all its available positions through the matching process or additional positions become unexpectedly available outside of the matching period, the institution can directly advertise and fill the out-of- match position. Dr. Buj applied for an out-of-match position at Rutgers in May 2016. Rutgers selected another candidate for the position. In October 2016, Dr. Buj applied to Rutgers again as part of the regular match process. Rutgers officials informed her that she had been placed on the waitlist for interviews. A month later, they told her that she …

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