Residents are eligible for certain benefits as employees of Valley Medical Center. Benefit information as provided on Valley Medical Center’s website may differ from the information listed below.
Coverage and premium payments under specific plans are subject to alteration from time to time by the Medical Center or the insurance provider. Specific benefits questions should be directed to the residency administration office.
Vacation – Residents will be allotted up to 15 days of vacation to use only during each year of residency, per their annual agreement and policy of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). The Director or designee must approve vacation time in writing at least 3 months before the planned vacation. If vacation days are not used during the the term of the annual residency agreement, these days will be forfeited – they do not carry over to any following year of residency, as directed by the ABFM.
Sick Leave – Residents will be allotted 6 days of sick leave during each year of residency, per their annual Agreement. Any unused sick time may be extended into another resident contract year. There is no cash value to sick days and they can be used only during the time of employment as a resident physician.
Holidays – Valley Medical Center recognizes 7 paid holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. These holidays are recognized based on the annual schedule issued by the hospital (i.e. when one of these holidays falls on a weekend, an adjacent weekday is designated as the observed holiday).
Floating Holidays – In addition to the above 7 holidays, 2 floating holidays are also allotted at the beginning of each year of residency. Floating holidays must be used during the year of residency in which they are allotted, and they must be taken on a scheduled workday and should be approved in advance. First-year Residents may use Floating Holidays prior to completion of six months of employment.
Bereavement Leave – In the event of a death of an immediate family member (as defined by the Human Resources policies of Valley Medical Center), the employee is allowed up to 3 consecutive weekdays off, with pay for regular work hours lost (up to 8 hours per day) during the 3- day period.
Health Insurance Coverage – Group Medical Insurance is provided to employees holding a budgeted FTE of .6 or more (24 hours/week). Insurance coverage begins immediately upon the first day of residency and premium costs may be offset by wellness incentives offered by Valley Medical Center.
Dental Insurance – Current coverage is available through Washington Dental Service. A variety of plans are available, including one with orthodontia benefits.
Wellness Programs – Valley Medical Center offers employees many programs to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle, including access to an on-site fitness center. Costs for these programs may be subsidized and are subject to change without notice.
Group Life Insurance – Current coverage is available through Valley’s designated carrier in the amount of $15,000, with an AD&D benefit. Additional life insurance and AD&D may be purchased.
Long Term Disability Insurance – Group coverage is available through Valley’s designated carrier for long term benefits after a 180-day waiting period to age 65. Additional long term coverage may be purchased.
Flexible Spending Accounts – Are available to benefit-eligible employees to fund healthcare and dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
Pension Plan – Eligibility for employer-paid pension plan is age 25 with three years of credited service. Employer contributions and vesting are in accordance with the Plan document.
403(b) and 457 Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans – Employees may immediately participate and defer compensation to both plans.
Valley Medical Center will match 100% of an eligible employee’s 403(b) contributions to a maximum of 3% of eligible compensation. This match commences the first pay period following 90 days of employment and ceases on the earlier of the pay period following 3 anniversary years of employment or when employee contributions cease. Vesting for employer contribution is in accordance with the Plan document.
Professional Liability Insurance – Provided for each Resident position.
Lab Tests – Each calendar year, full and part-time employees are entitled to one CBC, UA and lab portion of a pap smear on physician’s orders without cost if done through the VMC lab. The VMC Radiology Department offers a free annual chest x-ray to all employees.
Smartphone/PDA Reimbursement – Residents are eligible for a one-time reimbursement of up to $300 for the purchase of a smartphone/PDA device for use during residency.
Food Stipend – Residents receive meal stipends for on-call and in-hospital duties. Breakfasts are provided for ward team members (OB and med-peds) who must come into the hospital early in the morning to round. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided for ward team members who are on call. The stipend amount is based on class level and the assigned monthly rotations; however, stipends will be calculated as a total over the academic year for each class level and will be automatically added to the first paycheck of each month in an even amount. The annual total for R1s is $1,764 ($147 monthly), R2s: $1,323 ($110.25 monthly), and R3s: $812.70 ($67.73 monthly). These amounts are subject to change.
Continuing Medical Education – First-year residents may request up to three days of CME time. Second- and third-year residents may request up to five days of CME time a year. The CME stipend is $2,000 for the 3 years. Formal CME activities are encouraged but funds may also be used for personal reference materials.
This position is a salaried, exempt position.
This document is a convenient generalized summary and in no way replaces or supercedes the Summary Plan Description for each benefit. Valley Medical Center is a tobacco-free environment.