General Residency Information

Parkland Health & Hospital System, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center are three separate entities that have separate requirements (County vs. State vs. Federal). Be sure to note which information is required by each office to ensure you have submitted all the necessary paperwork. There will be several cases in which the same documentation is required by both Parkland and UT Southwestern (USMLE Scores, ACLS cards, etc.), so please be sure to complete all paperwork that Parkland, UT Southwestern, and the VA Medical Center have requested.

  • You must take care of your immunizations and required drug screening 60 days prior to your hire date of June 17, 2016. Note: The results take several days so if you wait until the last minute, you may not be allowed to start on time. Appointments with Parkland’s Occupational Health will be accepted starting April 18 and the last appointment accepted is June 17.
  • You will receive your first paycheck on June 28, which will cover June 17–21. You are being paid effective June 17 for the time it will take for you to complete your mandatory online training modules, completion of all Occupational Health requirements, as well as attending the IM Orientation week (June 21-29), and the campus-wide Orientation day (June 30 in Arlington). Your next paycheck will be issued on July 12 for pay period covering June 22–July 5. Payday is every other Tuesday. Direct deposit is mandatory.
  • You will require 3 separate ID badges as a resident at UTSW:
    • Parkland Hospital ID Badge & UTSW ID Badge – Pictures for your Parkland Badge AND your UTSW ID Badge will be taken during IM Orientation week. On Tuesday, June 21, you will have your photo made for the resident composite, so please dress accordingly (men should wear a tie).
    • VA Hospital Badge – See STEP 5 detailed under VA System Requirements. Pictures will be taken AFTER you start your VA rotation.

Note: You will need to provide proof of identification such as a driver’s license or passport. Your badges will carry your LEGAL name as shown on your Social Security card. No nicknames allowed.

Orientation Schedule

The Orientation Planning Committee, comprised of the GME offices from each training institution, have been working together since last fall to thoughtfully compile the relevant topics and identify the individuals most appropriate to develop content and deliver these important messages.

Such topics include: Clinical Documentation, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Pharmacy, Campus Safety, Infection Control, Information Security, Regulatory Compliance, Nursing, and break-out sessions, which will encompass the discussion of payroll and benefits, in addition to the introduction of simulation training. Trainees will also receive a brief history and the mission/visions of each hospital, delivered by each hospital’s respective Chief Medical Officer.

Internal Medicine will host IM-specific orientation activities during the week of June 21–29. During this time you will be able to meet Residency Program leadership, education staff, chief residents, and upper level residents. Topics will include Adventures in Cross Cover, Quality of Care, Research Opportunities and Scheduling. Please plan to attend all activities – a detailed itinerary will be emailed to you in May. Make sure to plan to move to the Dallas area PRIOR to official start date of June 17.