Vacations and Leaves of Absence
All leave taken is at the discretion of the residency program director, who must take into consideration any restrictions on leave established by the certifying board and the training requirements of the program. Each program provides its residents with written, program-specific policies on leave which addresses the effect of leaves of absence, for any reason, on satisfying the criteria for completion of the residency program. A resident may be required to complete additional training equivalent to any leave taken in excess of that allowed by the training requirements of the program.
Upon employment and with each anniversary, the resident is granted four weeks (20 days) paid vacation leave per 12 month year, which may be modified based on board certification requirements for specific specialties. For vacation purposes, each week excludes weekends and is considered to be five (5) days. Vacation cannot be carried over to subsequent years. Vacation cannot be taken in the last two (2) weeks of residency unless the resident receives permission, in writing, by the program director or chair of the department. There is no terminal pay for unused vacation leave. Vacation time must be approved in advance by the program director or chair of the department.
Upon employment and with each anniversary, the resident is granted twelve (12) days paid sick leave per twelve (12) month year. Sick leave does not accrue and is not cumulative. There is no remuneration for unused sick days. USA Hospitals reserves the right to have a resident examined by a physician of its choice in cases where abuse of sick leave is suspected. Abuse of sick leave is grounds for disciplinary action.
To receive paid parental leave available vacation and sick leave must be utilized. Extended leave without pay may be granted by your program director.
Family Medical Leave
Family Medical Leave (FML) may be granted upon request to eligible residents consistent with the policies set forth in the University of South Alabama Staff Employee Handbook
The program director or chair of the department may grant a leave of absence, with pay, to residents in order to take any examination(s) or interview required for medical licensure in the State of Alabama. Military leave and on the job injury leave, with pay, would be granted consistent with University Staff Personnel Policies.
Effect of Leave of Absence on Completion of Residency
The amount of time taken for leave(s) of absence will be added to the expected completion date for the residency program. Each program will provide their residents with a written policy in compliance with its Program requirements concerning the effect of leaves of absence, for any reason, on satisfying the criteria for completion of the residency program.