Stipend and Benefit Information
Stipends are paid according to National Institutes of Health Training Grant Guidelines, which during the past several years have allowed for substantial increments. All fellows will be provided health care benefits, which include medical, dental, and vision plans based on their need for coverage of themselves and any family members. By department policy, remuneration is currently through a stipend, not a salary. Therefore, the benefits provided to full-time university employees are not included. Stipends for the 2013-2014 fellows are as follows:
- Fellows are allowed to take two weeks of vacation per year of fellowship training.
- Vacations can be taken at any time during the first fellowship year, while preference should be given to more outpatient based rotations for time off.
- Fellows are to give a minimum of one month notice for vacation requests and are expected to ensure that faculty on service - if vacation request is during an inpatient block - are aware of the request. Final approval of vacation requests is at the discretion of the program director.
Sick Time Policy
Fellows are allowed 10 days of sick time leave each year.
Fellows must complete 33 months of fellowship training during the course of three years. Thus, a fellow who takes maternity, paternity, or other leave may need to extend their training beyond the customary graduation date to complete the necessary training. Through use of sick time and vacation time, fellows are eligible to receive six weeks of paid leave; further leave is taken without pay.
The program provides support for the purchase of several standard textbooks, journal subscriptions, membership dues in major professional societies, and computer software. Attendance at and participation in scientific professional meetings is an important part of the educational experience. Therefore, registration fees and travel expenses are covered for one meeting per year of fellowship.
Policies and Procedures
Policies and procedures for sick leave, pregnancy leave, misconduct, substance abuse, etc., are consistent with policies existing for all employees and trainees at UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas.