Meals will be furnished, without charge, for all residents. There is an allowance of $420 per month for cafeteria food. Each resident is issued a meal card to charge their meals.
Allowances for medical books and supplies
Each resident can request reimbursement for the purchase of medical books, journal subscriptions, small medical equipment or any other items necessary for the furtherance of their professional career. (Examples include iPads, computers, otoscopes, ophthalmoscopes and approved attendance at professional meetings(s). All residents receive a $1,400 a year allowance.)
Quarterly professional requirements bonus
Residents who are up to date on all responsibilities share a $10,000 quarterly bonus.
The hospital provides, free of charge, membership dues for all residents in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Texas Medical Association (TMA), Nueces County Medical Society (NCMS), the Corpus Christi Pediatric Society and the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS).
Each Resident, their spouse and any dependent, minor children are provided hospitalization and general medical benefits free of charge through the hospital’s group health insurance policy. An explanation of benefits can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Department. Residents will be responsible for deductibles and copayments as outlined in the policy.
Dental insurance is provided to all residents free of charge and may be purchased for their families. Information can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Department. Residents will be responsible for deductibles and copayments as outlined in the policy.
All residents are provided, at no charge, short term disability insurance. Information can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Department.
Each resident receives life insurance under the hospital’s group life insurance policy. In addition, term life insurance is furnished with membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics, also a benefit for each resident at no charge. Refer to AAP materials for a full description of benefits.
Professional liability insurance
Residents are covered by the hospital’s general liability insurance policy while performing assigned duties in the hospital or its affiliated institutions. Insurance does not cover intentional, willful or malicious acts or misconduct. Additionally, each resident has an individual liability coverage policy.
Parking is provided to all residents free of charge. Parking is within a very short walking distance of the hospital.
Uniforms and laundry of uniforms
Residents are issued two lab jackets and two sets of scrub suits during their first year of training at no charge. Second and third-year residents will be given one additional set of scrubs and a lab coat at the beginning of their second and their third year at no charge. A resident may elect to have coats and scrub suits cleaned by the hospital laundry once a week.
Registration fee for the ABP board examination
All graduating residents who take the American Board of Pediatrics certification examination within the first year eligible and have a passing score will be reimbursed for the examination fee. It will be the responsibility of each individual to notify the program director or residency coordinator for reimbursement.
All residents get 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) over each year. PTO cannot be accrued from one year to the next.
All residents get 5 sick days. Sick leave beyond 5 days will be deducted from vacation days. Sick days may be transferred from one year to the other with a max of 5 per transfer.
Maternity leave will be granted in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the policy of Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Parental leave will be granted in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. The program will allow any father to have minimal call around the time of the delivery of his child and no call while he is on leave.
Per ACGME requirements, we allow at least six weeks medical, parental, and caregiver leave, which is paid time off.
Driscoll Children’s Hospital provides Call Rooms to all residents on-call within the hospital. A refrigerator, TV/VCR, microwave oven and computers are in the Resident’s Lounge on the 4th floor. Sandwiches, drinks and snacks are available for residents who are on-call in the Resident Lounge.