South Korea's medics were once praised for their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
But doctors, who are on the frontline in the battle against the virus, are now divided on government plans to reform the sector.
That's complicating efforts to curb a new wave of infections.
The Korean Medical Association President Choi Dae-zip signed an agreement with the government to end a doctors strike.
And Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said the government would halt the proposed reforms.
But trainee medics rejected the deal and vowed to continue their walkout.
They said they were not included in the negotiations.
The strike action involving about 16,000 intern and resident doctors began on August 21.
The proposed reforms include increasing the number of doctors, building public medical schools and expanding telemedicine.
The government says the initiatives could help tackle a crisis like the coronavirus.
But some doctors argue it will only lead to more physicians in cities, without improving medical infrastructures in rural areas.