Salary and Benefits Information

Salary

Salaries are increased for each year of training and to remain competitive with other institutions in the region. Stipends for 2015-2016 are as follows:

Year of training

Stipend (salary)

PGY-1

$57,623

PGY-2

$59,527

PGY-3

$61,950

PGY-4

$64,426

PGY-5

$66,234

Trips

Residents are encouraged to attend educational conferences in each of the three years of training. Each resident is eligible for reimbursement of up to $2,000 for meeting expenses/books during the residency of training. In addition to this funding, the Department will pay conference and travel expenses for any resident who is a first-author presenter at a scientific meeting.

Vacations

Neurology residents receive three weeks (15 work days) of vacation per year. Residents generally prefer to take a week off at a time, but longer vacation periods can be arranged. Schedules also are adjusted around the winter holidays to provide for a few extra days of vacation. Family leave is allowed under the Family Medical Leave Act, but the House Staff Officer must at all times remain in good academic standing.

Sick Leave

Ten days of sick leave for the year's service is allowed. Sick leave does not accumulate from year to year.

Insurance

Complete professional liability insurance is provided at no cost to all house staff. Health insurance is provided through the Parkland Employee-Physician Office (EPO) system at substantially underwritten costs. Monthly premiums are $20 for single individuals and $82 for families. Dental insurance is also available at inexpensive premiums. Long-term disability insurance and a supplemental retirement program are provided through Parkland.

Disability Benefits

House staff are covered by the DCHD Long Term Disability Plan as outlined in the Benefits Manual.

Hospitalization Insurance

Group hospitalization insurance is provided at a nominal cost to employees with the remainder of the cost paid by DCHD. Enrollment of the House Staff Officer's spouse and/or dependents in the group plan is available at his/her expense.

Counseling Services

House staff officers may access counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program as outlined in the Benefits Manual.

Malpractice Insurance

DCHD does not provide malpractice insurance. However, as a political subdivision of the State of Texas, DCHD can pay claims in accordance with the Texas Tort Claims Act up to $100,000 per individual and $300,000 per occurrence. This applies to situations that occur while in the course and scope of employment, performing only those tasks assigned by authority of officers of DCHD. Coverage includes act of ordinary negligence, but does not include intentional acts (such as assault) or gross negligence.

Library Access

The UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center is located inside the medical school and is one of the finest in the country. It is a modern, fully computerized facility with multimedia capabilities and serves as a resource library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Each resident is provided with a free photocopying card for use in the library. Residents also have access to the department's own Rosenberg Neurology Library, which houses a collection of neurology and neuroscience journals, numerous text materials, and a computer with online databases for literature searches. Computers also are available on the Parkland inpatient ward for literature searches.

Perquisites

The Department provides white coats and a laundry service. Convenient parking is provided at a cost of approximately $20 a month. The Department hosts a welcome party, Christmas party, spring picnic, and graduation banquet for house staff and their families.