Benefits, Requirements and Resources For non-standard programs, view the non-standard benefits page. The following provides a brief description of individual benefits and requirements. In addition, residents and fellows are provided a range of resources to conduct research, enhance their learning experience and further their careers. For a comprehensive summary of fringe benefits provided by the University of Florida, visit the Admin Affairs - Fringe Benefits page. Table of Contents Awards Background Check Requirement Bioterrorism Response Book Allowance Call Quarters COBRA Contract Disability Insurance Distance Learning Drug Free Workplace Drug Screen Requirement Eligibility and Selection Criteria FICA Alternative Plan Graduate Medical Education Committee Harassment Policy Health Insurance Holidays Lab Coats Leave Library Licensure Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Meal Cards Medical & Health Requirements Moonlighting Office of Educational Affairs Parking Professional Liability Research Resident Assistance Program (Counseling) Resident Graduate Medical Education Committee Socials Stipends TaxSheltered Annuity In compliance with both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the National Resident Matching Program requirements, we have made available a copy of the current resident contract at https://med.jax.ufl.edu/graduate-medical-education/, which includes the terms and conditions of appointment. Here you will also find the resident eligibility and selection criteria in accordance with NRMP. Table of Contents Scroll Down Awards The Louis S. Russo Award for Outstanding Professionalism in Medicine is presented annually to the Resident with the highest standards of medical professionalism, substantiated by a commitment to personal behavior that reflects the core values of the consummate physician. The Award consists of a plaque and a check for $1000.00. The resident will also have his or her name placed on the plaque located in the Learning Resource Center. The Rosilie O. Saffos Outstanding Resident Teacher Award is presented annually to the resident considered to be the most outstanding resident teacher on our campus. The Award consists of a plaque and $1000.00. The resident will also have his or her name placed on the plaque located in the Learning Resource Center. The Edward Jelks Outstanding Resident Clinician Award is given annually to the resident who through dedication, diligence and compassion, or through innovation in patient care, is considered to have contributed the most to the improvement of patient care at UF Health Jacksonville. The Award consists of $500.00. The resident will also have his or her name placed on the plaque located in the Learning Resource Center. The College of Medicine Excellence in Student Education Award is presented annually to a resident determined by medical students to be the most outstanding educator. The Award consists of a plaque and $500.00. The resident will also have his or her name placed on the plaque located in the Learning Resource Center. The Ann Harwood-Nuss Resident Advocate Award is presented annually to the resident who has contributed the most to improving the educational and working environment of his/her fellow residents. The award consists of a plaque and $500.00. The resident will have his or her name placed on the plaque located in the Learning Resource Center. The Outstanding Resident in Quality and Patient Safety Award is presented annually to the resident who through effort, innovation and collaboration with both fellow residents and other members of the healthcare team, has made the most outstanding contribution to improving quality and patient safety. The Award consists of $500.00. The resident will also have his or her name placed on a plaque located in the Learning Resource Center. Background Checks and Drug Screens Many hospitals and other facilities to which residents rotate now require criminal background checks and drug screens of all individuals working, training, or volunteering in their institutions. These include several of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville’s educational partners. In addition, application to the Florida Board of Medicine as a resident/fellow/house physician, as well as for unrestricted licensure, requires self-disclosure of criminal convictions and of prior substance abuse and/or treatment. As a condition of appointment with the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville as a resident physician, all residents must undergo screening to include: A State and Federal criminal background check A check of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) list of excluded individuals and US General Services Administration (GSA) excluded parties list A 12-component medical professional urine drug screen Bioterrorism Response UF Health Jacksonville serves as a regional bioterrorism response facility, one of only seven in Florida. In this capacity, we are expected to receive up to 500 casualties resulting from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or a natural disaster with very little notice. As a member of the house staff, you will be expected to participate should this occur. Book Allowance All new, incoming residents and fellows will be provided a book allowance to purchase educational materials (text/reference books, journals, software, etc.). Call Quarters for Residents The call quarters are conveniently located on the lower floor of the Clinical Center at UF Health Jacksonville. All rooms have two bunk beds (with a phone beside each bed), desk, bookshelves and a bathroom with Corian countertops. Image Gallery Call quarters for residents Call quarters for residents Call quarters for residents Caption for sample... Call quarters for residents Call quarters for residents All rooms have a network drop for a laptop and a 15 inch LCD TV. In addition to wireless access, most call rooms also have their own PC and printer. The call quarters are equipped with showers and all call rooms are cleaned daily by environmental services. There is a lounge area with two 42-inch plasma screen TVs, a full kitchen with bistro tables, exercise area with extra showers and learning/computing space. Work stations are fully equipped with computers, printers, internet and hospital application system access, fax/scanner/copy machine and shredder. Entrance into the call quarters is restricted to residents and fellows, eligible medical students and authorized personnel. COBRA When residents leave employment with the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, you are entitled to purchase continuous health coverage under COBRA. Disability Insurance Disability Coverage While In Training While a full time member of the UF housestaff, you are covered under the University of Florida's group disability income plan: Residents and fellows pay no premiums for this coverage while in training. Plan is offered by the standard insurance company, AM Best A rated company. Monthly short-term disability benefits payable beginning the 15th day of disability. Residents needing to apply for short-term disability benefits are to contact the Office of Educational Affairs by e-mailing Leslie Caulder at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employee Benefits Guide Booklet - House Staff FAQ - STD - Maternity Guidelines Benefits generally are payable to age 65 as long as you remain disabled. Coverage At Completion of Training Individual disability conversion highlights: Guaranteed issue - Up to $13,000 per month without evidence of medical insurability Own specialty definition of disability Level premiums guaranteed Annual cost of living adjustments included while disabled Substantial premium discount exclusively for GME residents and fellows and unisex rates apply for the life of the policy. External Links Information about the plan Application Distance Learning The UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville has several video conference sites for classes, meetings and other presentations. These include the Alumni Auditorium, classroom 4003, the Deal Boardroom and the Borland Library conference room. Videoconferencing at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville is routed through a video bridge at the UF Health Science Center in Gainesville. Drug-Free Workplace As University of Florida residents, the standard of conduct promulgated by the University is applicable. UF drug-free workplace policy. FICA Alternative Plan Residents and fellows contribute to the FICA Alternative Plan instead of the Social Security Administration. Medicare contributions will continue to be withheld and matched by the employer. Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) GMEC is chaired by the ACGME's Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and is comprised of all core program directors, associate program directors, President of UF Health Jacksonville, Chief Medical Officer for Wolfson Children's Hospital and the peer-selected resident officers of the Resident GMEC. The GMEC's mission is to ensure compliance with the accreditation essentials of residencies and foster high quality resident education and resident well being. Harassment Policy The University of Florida College of Medicine is committed to the maintenance of a supportive and productive environment for its students, staff, residents and faculty. In order to ensure that such an environment exists, inappropriate behavior in all forms is not permissible. Students, staff, residents and faculty of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville are expected to abide by the guidelines on sex discrimination, sexual harassment and harassment of the University of Florida. Health Insurance The group health plan, fully paid by the employer, provides coverage for: The employee The spouse of an eligible employee (unless legally separated or divorced) Qualified domestic partner Unmarried children under age 19 Unmarried children between ages 19 and 25 who are dependent upon the insured for support and are either full-time or part-time students or reside in the insured's f Holidays Residents shall be entitled to observe all official holidays designated by the department of administration for State employees except when they are on call for clinical responsibilities. Holidays for UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville include: Independence Day Labor Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day New Year's Day Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Memorial Day Lab Coats Two new lab coats are provided at the start of the program and each year thereafter, as appropriate/needed. Leave For complete leave information see the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville Resident Leave Policy . Library, Medical Educational resources are many and varied on our campus. Most medical departments maintain their own libraries. The designated central medical library is the Borland Health Sciences Library (BHSL), a division of the UF Health Science Center Library (HSCL). Borland Library's homepage, has links to many electronic resources, including electronic journals, Pub Med and other publication databases, as well as information about the Library's services and collections. Licensure, Medical The UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville Office of Educational Affairs is responsible for registering all unlicensed residents and fellows with the Board of Medicine (BOM). This process occurs prior to entry into the GME program. You are not required to obtain a medical license to participate in the GME programs at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville. Should a resident or fellow elect to obtain an unrestricted medical license in Florida, it is solely his or her responsibility to maintain active status with the BOM; this includes timely renewal and payment of all associated fees. Life Insurance/Accidental Death and Dismemberment Residents and Fellows are provided life insurance/accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Level term group life insurance underwritten by The Standard Insurance Company provides $50,000 of life insurance for all eligible employees with an additional $10,000 in the event of accidental death and dismemberment. You will find the life insurance policy on the Administrative Affairs/Fringe Benefits website at http://adminaffairs.med.ufl.edu/files/2013/01/Standard-Life-Policy.pdf . Meal Cards UF Health Jacksonville provides funding for meals while on call. Your Meal Power Card is credited with an amount each July. Medical & Health Requirements for Residents For full details of required immunization documentation and ongoing medical requirements go to the immunization topic in the resident manual. Moonlighting All residents and fellows must adhere to the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville Resident Moonlighting Policy which recognizes two categories of moonlighting: (1) internal activity and (2) external activity. Both have specific requirements that must be met. Individual residency programs have total authority to choose whether moonlighting activities are allowed for residents within their program. Please refer to your individual Program policies for more specific information. Office of Educational Affairs The Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs serves as the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) responsible for the oversight of graduate medical education at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. Working closely with the Office of Educational Affairs and the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the DIO ensures compliance with the ACGME accreditation essentials of residencies and high quality resident education and well-being. Parking UF Health Jacksonville provides covered parking on campus free of charge. Professional Liability Coverage As a participant in a graduate medical education program of the University, a resident is an employee of the University of Florida. The resident is personally immune from civil liabilities that may arise from any negligent acts or omissions committed by the resident in the course of employment, with coverage commensurate with individual's specialty. According to Florida Statutes Section 768.28, the Florida Board of Trustees (FBOT), the state agency that operates the University of Florida, is responsible for any civil claims or actions arising from the negligent acts of its employees and agents. The FBOT is protected for such liabilities through the University of Florida/JHMHC/Jacksonville self-insurance program (UF/JSIP), a self-insurance program established by Florida Statutes Section 1004.24. The UF/JSIP also provides risk management services to UF Health Jacksonville. A resident must identify himself or herself at all times as a University of Florida employee, as evidenced by the wearing of the ID badge while participating in the graduate medical education program. The self insurance program affords you personal professional liability protection while you act as a good Samaritan, while you are involved in community service work which has been pre-approved by your college, or if you are on a UF educational assignment outside of Florida. Research The UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville is committed to fostering research by the faculty and residents. This institution has been engaged in clinically applied research for many years and is enriched by the presence of faculty who have demonstrated excellence in performing research and in training new investigators. The Office of Research Affairs is dedicated to this mission. Biostatistician Biostatistics for Clinical Research Outline Dean's Fund Research Grant The Dean's Fund Research Grant provides support to Residents for research projects on which they are the principal investigator. All residents awarded grant funds will be expected to prepare a manuscript of their work for submission to a peer-reviewed journal prior to the end of their residency. They will also be expected to submit their manuscript or poster for the annual Research Day competition. Poster Printer The availability of a large format printer allows faculty and residents to create high quality, cost effective research posters and presentations without leaving the campus. Research Curriculum A core lecture curriculum is accessible via New Innovations that meets ACGME institutional and program requirements is available to residents: Scientific research - getting started Protocol development and research design Scientific writing & presentation skills Evaluating basic literature Basic biostatistics Information literacy Research Travel Grant The Dean's Office has established a Research Travel Fund to provide additional funding for residents and fellows to present at national and international conferences. All awardees are expected to submit their research project for presentation at the annual Research Day. Resident Assistance Program (Counseling) UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville and UF Health Jacksonville provide the funding for free counseling for emotional problems, stress, alcohol or drug problems, family/relationship worries and financial difficulties. It is confidential and free of charge. You are also invited to visit www.guidanceresources.com. Resident Graduate Medical Education Committee (Resident GMEC) The resident subcommittee of the GMEC was created to provide a forum for residents to meet and discuss work environment and educational issues. The Resident GMEC consists of representative chief residents from all core programs as well as peer-selected senior resident representatives. Socials On a regular basis throughout the academic year, the resident GMEC conducts resident socials designed to improve interdepartmental interactions and relationships. Stipends Each resident is given a stipend to pursue their graduate medical education in an amount appropriate to the level of function in the program. Tax-Sheltered Annuities 403(b) The 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity provides a way, through payroll reduction, to save money for long-term financial goals/retirement, while reducing the current tax liability.