Residents classified as PL-1 are permitted the equivalent of two (2) calendar weeks of vacation each year. Residents classified as PL-2 and above are permitted the equivalent of three (3) calendar weeks of vacation each year. Residents must coordinate vacation scheduling with the respective Program, as well as with other Residents in the department to ensure adequate coverage. It is the responsibility of the fellow Residents of the Program to cover for one another during a Resident’s absence. Each Program maintains its own vacation policy. During the Christmas holidays there are holiday blocks depending on program (5 continuous days in Pedi at the resident’s discretion) (at least 1 week in Neuro during Christmas/New Years).
Paid sick leave accumulates at a rate of one day each month and accumulates to a maximum of thirty days. Paid sick leave carries forward from year to year, but will not be compensated upon termination. In the event an illness exceeds accumulated paid sick leave and vacation time, a leave of absence without pay may be granted.
Each resident is permited 7 CME days per year to attend conferences. Such paid leave islimited to one week each year, is not considered part of the Resident’s vacation and may not be carried forward to subsequent years. Attending local, state or national practice specialty meetings would constitute appropriate use of this leave.
Leave of absence
Leave of Absence (LOA), including Leave Without Pay (LWOP): All requests for LOA must be approved by the Program Director in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and accreditation requirements. LOA may be comprised of paid leave (including both paid sick leave and vacation) and/or LWOP. When LOA is requested for a medical reason (including pregnancy and maternity leave), the Resident must exhaust all accumulated sick leave and vacation prior to beginning any LWOP. Consistent with the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), the UT System Foundation will grant up to 12 calendar weeks of leave in a 12-month period to residents. The duration of LOA must be consistent with satisfactory completion of training (credit toward specialty board certification), which will be determined by each department in consultation with the GME Office.
The UT System Medical Foundation makes available to residents and fellows a 403(b) tax-deferred annuity program. The program is currently offered through and administered by TIAA-CREF and offers a variety of investment options. Participants may contribute through payroll deduction up to the IRS limit.
Group insurance benefits
- Health insurance is provided to the Resident at no cost. Premium coverage is available at a minimum cost.
- Dependent coverage is not paid, but is available at group rates.
- Vision Insurance is provided at no cost to the resident.
- Dental Insurance is provided at no cost to the resident.
- $100,000 of life insurance is provided to the resident. Dependent coverage is not provided, but may be purchased at group rates.
- Disability insurance is provided to the Resident at no cost. Monthly disability benefits start after total disability for a continuous period, which exceeds the 30-day waiting period. Dependent coverage is not available.
- Each Resident Physician is required to participate in the supplemental disability insurance coverage program at group rates.
- Professional liability insurance (PLI) is provided through the UT System Professional Liability Self-Insurance Program at no cost to the Resident. This insurance does not cover any professional activities not assigned by the training program.
Residents will automatically be enrolled as a member of the Harris County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. Annual dues for these organizations are paid on behalf of the resident by the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust.
Three three-quarter-length coats are supplied to each Resident in his or her first year, and one additional coat is supplied in each subsequent year of training. Additionally, each Resident is furnished an official identification badge.
Food services/Call rooms
Residents on duty are provided with access to adequate food services 24 hours a day in all institutions. Residents on call are provided with access to appropriate sleeping quarters. Each resident is provided a $10 meal card per call.
Residents are able to join the UTHealth Recreation Center.
Employee Assistance and Work/Life program
Residents are eligible to use both the UT Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Work/Life Program.
The Employee Assistance Program offers services to help residents resolve problems in their personal lives that may affect performance in their Programs.
The Family Work/Life Programs offer assistance in balancing your work and personal lives through a variety of services.
UT System Medical Foundation
Residents/Fellows are employees of the UT System Medical Foundation, which provides further information, including more specific insurance plan information, or call 713.500.5243.