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 2011-2012 fellows are as follows:
- First-year: $57,238
- Second-year: $59,528
- Third-year: $61,993
In May, prior to the initiation of the fellowship, first-year fellows are given the opportunity to declare periods of planned vacation or other absences, and the rotation schedule is tailored as much as possible to these requests. Fellows are allowed to take three 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. First-year fellows are permitted to take vacation in one-week blocks, but only in exceptional circumstances will longer than one week be permitted.
- First-year fellows are to give a minimum of two months 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.
- Cross cover: First-year fellows who take vacation during inpatient blocks should find colleagues to cross cover for their week. Cross cover is not needed for time taken during outpatient rotations.
Second- and Third-Year Fellows
- Second- and third-year fellows may take vacation blocks at any time during the year with prior approval from their research mentors and the program director.
- Second- and third-year fellows may take one- to two-week blocks.
- Second- and third-year fellows should find colleagues to cross cover their clinics when away.
Fellows must complete 33 months of fellowship training during the course of three years. Thus, a fellow who takes maternity or paternity leave may need to extend their training beyond the customary graduation date to complete the necessary training. Fellows will be eligible to receive six weeks of paid leave, with further leave taken without pay.
The program is extremely generous in providing 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. By special request, or when a fellow is making a formal presentation at the meeting, support for additional meetings may be approved.
Fellows are encouraged to apply for the NIH-funded Loan Repayment Program, which provides up to $35,000 annually in loan forgiveness. Since its inception several of our hematology-oncology fellows have been successful in their loan repayment applications.
Policies and Procedures
Policies and procedures for sick leave, pregnancy leave, misconduct, substance abuse, etc., are identical to or in line with policies existing for all employees and trainees at UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center.