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At Washington Hospital Center the health and comfort of our patients is our highest priority. We pledge to our patients and guests a caring and sensitive environment conducive to healing and well being. The Washington Hospital Center experience reflects the advanced skills, knowledge and unwavering commitment of our employees. 202-877-7227 1-800-WHC-PGY-1 (942-7491) Washington Hospital Center is an equal opportunity employer.


Graduate Medical Education House Staff


Cafeteria/Meal Allowance

A meal allowance is provided to house staff to subsidize the cost of their meals. Debit cards are issued to house staff and a monthly meal allowance is added on the first of each month. The debit cards may be used in the main cafeteria, the Physicians' Dining Room, coffee carts and the Towers Café, located in the Physicians' Office Building. All house staff also receive a 20% discount on food from the hospital cafeteria.

Credit Union

House staff may join the Washington Hospital Center Employees' Federal Credit Union. The membership fee is $10.00 with a $10.00 minimum deposit to open the account. Automatic account deposits may be made through payroll deduction.

ble expenses as incurred. Qualifying expenses for the healthcare account include: deductibles, co-payments, dental check-ups and braces, vision tests, eyeglasses and certain over the counter expenses such as aspirin, band-aids, contact lense solution. Qualifying expenses for the Dependent Care account include: day care fees for dependent children under the age of 13 (day care center or babysitter) and day care fees for a spouse or legal dependent who is physically and/or mentally incapable of self-care. Any funds remaining in the FSA accounts at the end of the year will be forfeited.

pick a participating dentist and that participating dentist will coordinate all your care. You must use participating dentist when enrolled in the Cigna DHMO plan in order to receive benefits.



Holiday scheduling for house staff is determined by each program individually, and is dependent upon 24-hour operational and staffing needs.

loans. Loans shall not exceed $1,000, and will be repaid through automatic payroll deduction, prior to completion of residency. Each house officer will have a maximum of one (1) outstanding loan at any given time.

Occupational Health Services

House staff must complete a pre-employment health screening which can be provided by their private physician or through Occupational Health Services. House staff will be tested for illicit drugs and alcohol through Occupational Health Services prior to employment. Occupational Health Services also provides treatment and referral of job-related injuries and illnesses.


Level PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3 PGY-4 PGY-5 PGY-6 PGY-7 PGY-8 (Effective 07/01/09) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46,600 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,600 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56,200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58,800 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62,800

Long-Term Disability Insurance

Washington Hospital Center provides a long-term disability (LTD) benefit plan to help house staff cope with an illness or injury that may result in a long-term absence from employment. LTD is designed to ensure a continuing income for employees who are disabled and unable to work. Washington Hospital Center offers an expanded LTD plan at no cost during the training period. This insurance coverage is portable; that is, house staff may continue the coverage in effect by assuming payment of the premium upon completion of the training program.


House Staff Reimbursement Fund (formerly Travel/Book Allowance)

Each resident/fellow will receive a "bank" of $833 per year of approved training for educational expenses while at Washington Hospital Center. Additional funds for research presentation are available and may be approved at the discretion of the Department Chair/Program Director.

On-call Quarters, Lounge, Gym, Lockers

The house staff on-call quarters, lounge, gym and lockers are located on the 6th floor of the main hospital. Additional on-call rooms may be available within individual departments and are assigned by the departments according to the on-call schedule. Keys for the 6th floor rooms are available in the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Tax-Sheltered Annuity

Individuals who are employed by nonprofit organizations are eligible to participate in a tax-sheltered annuity plan. This is a non-taxed savings system through payroll deductions by which house staff may accumulate funds on a tax-deferred basis for long-term goals, including retirement. These funds are excluded from current taxable income.

Health and Dental Insurance

House staff have three health insurance choices: 2 PPO Plans with CareFirst, Basic and Enhanced and Kaiser Permanente HMO. CareFirst PPO allows you to see any provider you choose, but you save money when you choose providers in the CareFirst PPO network, however your savings will be increased by seeing a MedStar provider when utilizing your CareFirst PPO Plan. When you receive services from a provider who participates in the PPO network, you can take advantage of the lower rates that CareFirst has negotiated with network doctors. You can still receive benefits when you go out-ofnetwork, you will have a higher out of pocket expense and may be required to pay in advance and then submit expenses. You are not required to sign up with a primary care and you may self refer for specialty care. Kaiser Permanente physicians work in group practices and provide state-of-theart care in 22 medical facilities located in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. These medical centers offer the convenience of services such as X-ray and pharmacy all under one roof. Kaiser Permanente provides comprehensive medical, dental, mental health, prescription drug and vision coverage for one cost. You must use Kaiser physicians and facilities to receive benefits. Cigna PPO Dental and Cigna HMO Dental House staff has two options for dental services; Cigna PPO provides preventative, basic restorative and major care benefits. Cigna DHMO requires that you


Direct Deposit

Employees may elect to have their paychecks automatically deposited into their personal bank accounts. Direct deposit forms are available in the Office of Graduate Medical Education, and must be submitted to Payroll with a void check.

Leave of Absence

The Washington Hospital Center provides a maximum of 4 weeks paid medical leave of absence. Two weeks of leave are available in the first year of training. Two additional weeks are available in the second or subsequent years. Other nonmedical leave may be granted without pay. A leave of absence should be requested at least 30 days in advance of foreseeable events, and as soon as possible for unforeseeable events. In the event that a leave of absence is prolonged, the training period may need to be extended in order to fulfill the departmental, specialty board or state licensing board requirements. Contact the Office of Graduate Medical Education or the Managed Disability Office to obtain the appropriate leave of absence forms and information.

Malpractice Liability Coverage Limits

As agents of the hospital, and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the hospital and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), house staff are covered for professional liability by the MedStar Health, Inc. Risk Management Financing Plan for all work performed as outlined in the house staff agreement. You are covered under this plan for any incident that occurs while employed by WHC, even if the claim arises after employment terminates. Coverage through the Plan provides limits of $1,000,000/ $3,000,000 and is occurrence based. In addition, excess coverage is purchased on a claims made basis. All subpoenas and information relating to professional liability actions against the hospital or its staff should be referred to Risk Management or Legal Affairs.

Parking and Shuttle Bus

Washington Hospital Center provides parking to house staff at no charge in one of the parking garages when using a hospital ID badge. The hospital also provides free shuttle bus service to and from the hospital and the Brookland Metro Station (red line) and the Columbia Heights Metro Station (green line).


Training/Employment Verifications

The GME Office will validate written requests for training/employment verification for current house staff and alumni.


All house staff are eligible for two weeks of vacation time with pay to provide opportunity for rest, relaxation and personal pursuits. Vacation requests must be made in advance to the program director or the appropriate departmental designee. Requests will be granted based upon a number of factors, including operational need and staffing requirements. An additional two weeks of vacation may be granted with the approval of the program director. Any unused vacation will be forfeited upon conclusion of the residency/ fellowship training period.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)/Business Health Services (BHS)

Through the EAP, Washington Hospital Center offers a wide array of free counseling assistance to employees, including the house staff. Services include, but are not limited to, professional counseling, child and elder care referrals, financial and legal advice. All information is kept completely confidential.



All house staff can fill prescriptions at the Physicians' Office Building Pharmacy conveniently located in the Physicians' Office Building North Tower. A mail-in prescription plan is available for prescriptions for chronic illnesses requiring more than one refill.



Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

House staff may set aside a portion of their annual income for out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses. The "set-aside" amount in the FSA account is pre-tax and may be used to pay certain out of pocket expenses that are ordinarily paid with after-tax dollars. An annual maximum amount of $5,000 for dependent care expenses and an annual maximum of $5,000 for health care expenses may be set aside in the FSA accounts. The HealthCare FSA accounts may be drawn against for reimbursement of eligi-

Life Insurance

Term life insurance of 1 x the base annual salary is provided by the hospital to house staff. Additional insurance is available at a low cost.

Short Term Disability/Worker's Compensation

Employed house staff who are injured in an accident not covered by Worker's Compensation, or who become ill, will receive two-thirds of their base pay starting with the first day of an injury or on the eighth day of an illness. There is a maximum of 26 weeks of coverage for full-time employees.


The Washington Hospital Center sponsors J-1 visas for its employed house staff.

Loan Deferment

All applications for loan deferment may be submitted directly to the GME Office. Applications will be completed by the GME Office and forwarded to the appropriate institution.

Medical Licensure

All house staff must either have an unrestricted DC Medical License or be enrolled in the District of Columbia Postgraduate Physician Training Program. Details on licensure can be obtained online at /services/main.asp or from the Graduate Medical Education Office. The GME Office will pay licensure or renewal fees when a license is required by law.

Workers' Compensation

Workers' compensation benefits will begin on day four for injuries sustained on the job.


Loan Program

The resident loan program is available to all house staff for emergent personal


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