Stipends and Benefits - Rheumatology

PGY Level Annual Stipend (as of 2013/2014)
PGY-4 $55,562.71
PGY-5 $57,617.41
*Paychecks are issued biweekly

Brief Outline of Resident Benefits
Paid leave
Vacation: PGY-4, 5: Four Weeks – We request that fellows have blocks of two weeks each to total four weeks when requesting for their vacation time
Holidays: Eight (8) paid holidays are: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday following Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Sick leave: Ten (10) days (Monday - Friday)
Professional leave:     Varies according to program

Days Off. Residents are to have 4 (four) 24-hour periods (1 day in 7) free of patient care responsibilities each month, averaged over four weeks.  During the months with legal holidays, i.e. January, February, May, July, September, November, and December, Residents will have one additional day off for a total of 5 (five) days off duty.  During the month of November, there are two official holidays - at the discretion of the Attending Physician and/or Program Director, the Resident may have 5 (five) days off during October and 5 (five) days off during November, OR 4 (four) days in October and 6 (six) days in November.   Rheumatology fellows are required to file their Duty Hours on New Innovations.

Family/parental leave. Twelve (12) weeks of family/medical leave, without pay but with continued benefits, is available for personal illness or family needs within the guidelines of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Health coverage. Major medical coverage, including vision and prescription coverage, and optional dental coverage is available. Monthly premiums are: single: $30 for medical, $5 for dental ($35/month total); one dependent: $125 for medical, $25 for dental ($150/month total); two or more dependents: $195 for medical, $50 for dental (total $245/month).

Professional liability coverage. Loma Linda University Medical Center provides professional and general liability coverage through a self-insured program. This program covers house staff while acting within the course and scope of their employment relationship. All coverage is provided on an occurrence basis. No separate "tail coverage" is required.

Disability insurance. State Disability Insurance (SDI) is available for eligible employees in the event of hospitalization, outpatient surgery, or illness lasting over one week. An SDI claim form must be completed and submitted to the state promptly. LLUMC requires that employees apply for SDI if a covered event occurs. In addition to SDI, residents are covered by a long-term group disability income plan provided by LLUMC. This plan provides disability benefits until age 65.

Life insurance. LLUMC provides a $100,000 group term life insurance policy.

Resident educational fund. $1,000 per resident per academic year is allowed for reimbursement for California Medical License, USMLE Step 3, DEA certificate, etc. stated in reimbursement policy.

Assistance to fatigued residents. Residents who feel it unwise or unsafe to drive themselves home following duty should take a cab home.  The GME Office will reimburse the resident for a round-trip cab fare to home addresses within 45 miles of LLUMC if presented with a receipt within one week.

Employee HR Self-Service. Available through the PeoplePortal system, which can be accessed from the VIP intranet (see Other Links & Applications).  PeoplePortal allows you to modify W-4 exemptions, or view your paycheck.  You must also notify the GME Office of any changes to your name or home address; Contact the GME Office at 909-558-8131909-558-8131.

Recreation facility. All residents and their dependents are allowed to join the Drayson Center free of charge.

Call rooms. Call rooms are available for residents who are required to stay in the hospital overnight. (May not be applicable to Rheumatology Fellows)

Meals. Rheumatology fellows, like other GME trainees, receive a 20 percent discount on food purchased at the LLUMC, Children's Hospital, Faculty Dining Room, FMO, the Campus Cafeterias, and the Patio Pantry. Cafeteria hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. weekdays. Vending machines are also available.

Laundry. Three white laboratory coats are provided at the beginning of training. Residents who take in-house call and who do not have access to scrubs are issued three sets of scrubs for their use. Scrubs are provided for use in the hospital for other residents. There is no provision for personal laundry.