University of Nebraska Medical Center

Frequently Asked Questions

There will be no second look or open houses for the Match 2024 cycle. 

Current Call Policy
  • No current plans exist for residents to do 24-30 (overnight) hour in-house calls on primary Nebraska Medicine Psychiatric Services.
  • Weekend rounding is expected for all inpatient, including consultation-liaison, rotations. Residents will be given at least one weekend free of any call or rounding duties whenever possible.
  • For other rotations, the resident will be on the home department or institution's call schedule and follow ACGME policies regarding clinical and educational work hours.
Psychiatric Emergency Services
  • Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) is a full clinical service with dedicated faculty and staff that operates 24/7 and is not dependent on trainees.
  • PGY-1 residents will do one required month of Emergency Psychiatry; PGY-4 residents will also be required to do one month of Emergency Psychiatry.
  • While on the PES rotation, resident PES shifts will run Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. The resident is excused from clinical duties on Wednesdays until the end of didactics at 5:00 PM.
  • For junior residents, there will be required evening experiences ("short call" 5:00 PM-10:00 PM) in the PES:
    • PGY-1 residents will alternate covering Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; each intern will do approximately one shift a week. The resident assigned to PES for the month will preferentially take Wednesdays and extend their usual day by 2 hours.
    • PGY-2 residents will cover Tuesday and Thursday; each PGY-2 resident will do approximately one shift every other week.
Moonlighting Requirements
  • The Program Director must approve all moonlighting activities.
  • Residents may not moonlight in the first year.
  • Resident must be full-time and in excellent academic standing with the training program.  
  • Resident's total score must rank in the top 50th percentile on the annual PRITE compared to all US General Psychiatry Residents.
  • A full state medical license is required for any moonlighting activities. (Temporary Educational Permits do not fulfill this requirement.)
  • Hours spent moonlighting count towards resident clinical and educational work hours, and the total hours must be at most 80 hours per week, averaged over 4 weeks.
  • UNMC provides professional liability coverage for moonlighting residents.
Vacation and Leave
  • 20 working days of vacation per academic year
  • 5 days per academic year of paid professional leave for approved meetings and board exams
  • 12 days of sick leave in the first and second year; 180 days after 24 months of employment
  • Parental leave is available for birth/adoption of a child.
  • Residents are eligible for FMLA immediately upon employment with UNMC.
Travel Stipend
  • The department provides a $1,200 travel stipend yearly for professional organizational dues and approved conference-related expenses.
    • The stipend does not carry over from year to year.
    • The department may increase the stipend if the resident has an accepted abstract or obtains organizational leadership requiring attendance.
  • Similarly, there is a $300 annual educational allowance. This can be used to purchase board preparation materials.
USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3 Exam
  • Per institutional rules, all residents must pass USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX-USA Level 3 to advance to the PGY-3 level. A one-time extension of the requirement for up to 6 months can be granted; however, the house officer cannot advance until the condition is met. 
    • Residents are strongly encouraged to take the exam by the end of their PGY-1 year.
    • If the requirement is not met, the house officer will be dismissed.
Support for Child and Adolescent Fellowship Training
  • Residents interested in child and adolescent psychiatry will have the full support of the residency to "fast-track" (i.e., begin the two-year fellowship as a PGY-4.)
  • The main pediatric psychiatry experiences will come from the full-day outpatient clinic during the PGY-3 year.
  • Additionally, residents will likely encounter pediatric patients during their Emergency Medicine (PGY-1) and Rural Rotations (PGY-2.) If desired, pediatric patients may be scheduled as part of the Experiential Psychotherapy clinic during PGY-2, pending supervisor discretion.
  • The program will support resident membership in AACAP [aacap.org] (using travel or educational stipend) and encourage attendance at the October annual academy meeting.
  • Find a full list of house officer benefits here