Spokane Track Benefits
- In the two years prior to moving to Spokane, residents are encouraged to visit the program in Spokane, at department expense, in order to acquaint themselves with the resident group and the city, including attending the annual retreat if possible.
- The transition from finishing the Seattle rotations to beginning the Spokane rotations is scheduled to allow ample time to make the move to Spokane.
- The cost of relocation to Spokane is reimbursed, up to $3,000.
- Assistance in securing housing in Spokane is provided, as needed.
- In order to maintain close integration of the Seattle and Spokane programs, residents are encouraged to attend all residency functions including graduation, retreats, and special conferences. Travel expenses for these trips are paid by the program.
- Meals in the Sacred Heart Medical Center cafeteria are provided for residents at no charge, and when working at Eastern State Hospital meals will be reimbursed at the end of each month while there.
- Parking at all Spokane program locations is free of charge.
- Funds are available each year for residents to acquire educational materials and/or to help defray the cost of attending educational conferences, up to $500/resident.
- Student loan repayment is offered by Spokane Mental Health and the VA hospital, if you choose to stay in the area and work after residency. Please contact the HR offices at each location to get further details.
Standard Program Benefits
Salary levels are established annually by the University of Washington President and Board of Regents. The 2010-2011 stipends for all residents in University of Washington residency programs are:
Residents will receive twenty-one (21) days of paid vacation per year at the start of each one (1) year appointment period to be broken down as fifteen (15) business days and six (6) weekend days per twelve (12) month appointment. Residents on duty less than a fifty (50) percent basis are not eligible to receive and/or use vacation leave. Vacation leave need not be taken in one block of time. Unused vacation leave shall lapse at the expiration of each appointment period.
Residents will receive seventeen (17) days of paid sick leave at the start of each one (1) year appointment period that will be broken down as twelve (12) business days and five (5) weekend days. Residents on duty less than a full time schedule shall receive sick leave credit on a pro rata basis. Residents on duty less than a fifty (50) percent basis are not eligible to receive and/or use sick leave. If sick leave credit is not used by the end of the term of appointment, the Resident may apply the accumulated credit to a consecutive, subsequent appointment period within the UWSOM residency program. The Resident may also transfer accumulated sick leave when the Resident is appointed to another UWSOM residency or fellowship program. Accumulated sick leave credit that is not transferrable shall lapse and is not compensable at the completion or expiration of the appointment to the Residency program. For more detail, please review the Residency Position Appointment.
Residents may take up to one week per year of educational leave to attend conferences. Education leave must be approved by the Residency Director.
The program provides each resident an annual education allowance of up to $200, which can be used towards the cost of attending professional meetings and conferences, textbooks, or other educational materials. Chief residents receive an additional $500.
Eligible residents may choose one of seven medical insurance plans from the University of Washington's Basic Insurance Package for which the University and the Resident share the cost of insurance premiums. Residents may also select one of three dental insurance plans for which the University pays the entire insurance premium. This package also provides for optional additional life, accidental death and dismemberment, and disability insurance that may be purchased by the individual. The package is designed and authorized by the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB).
Eligible residents are also entitled to enroll in the UW Retirement Plan (UWRP) on their first day of residency. The UW provides 100% matching funds to the resident's own contributions. In addition, residents have the option of participating through the University of Washington Voluntary Investment Program (VIP). Taxes on contributions through the VIP program are tax deferred according to the provisions of this 403(b) program.
Professional Liability Insurance is provided to all residents under a University of Washington Master Policy for all approved activities associated with residency training. Residents are entitled to staff privileges at the University of Washington including the use of libraries, on-line services, the Intramural Activities Building, and reduced prices on tickets for some sports and cultural activities. For more information on University of Washington fringe benefits, please visit the UW benefits web page and the Benefits at a Glance for Residents and Fellows.