General Residency Information

Parkland Memorial Hospital, 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 15, 2015. Note: The results take several days so if you wait until the last minute, you may not be allowed to start on time.
  • You will receive your first paycheck on June 30, which will cover June 15–23. You are being paid effective June 15 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 your assigned Epic class and orientation day. Your next paycheck will be issued on July 14 for pay period covering June 24–July 7. Payday is every other Tuesday. Direct deposit is mandatory
  • You will require 3 separate ID badges as a resident at UTSW
    • Parkland Hospital – Please stop by the Parkland Police Department (located in the basement of Parkland) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday–Friday anytime between Tuesday, June 16, and Monday, June 29, to have your photograph taken for your Parkland ID badge. It is highly recommended that you do this prior to the start of orientation, if possible.
    • UTSW ID Badge – Pictures for your UTSW ID Badge will be taken on Wednesday, June 24. A picture for the residents composite will be taken on Monday, June 22, 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. We also look forward to the new leadership of the Resident Advisory Council to share some helpful hints for success to the incoming trainees, as well as inviting them to participate in the RAC organization.

House staff orientation will take place Tuesday, June 30, and trainees are expected to arrive at 7 a.m. at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011. Meals and snacks will be provided throughout the day. More details will be sent to you in late May, early June.

Internal Medicine will host several orientation activities during the week of June 22–29, in addition to the June 30 Orientation Day. 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.