Frequently Asked Questions
Current Call Policy
- There are no current plans for junior 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. Whenever possible, residents will be given at least one weekend free of any call or rounding duties.
- For other rotations, the resident will be on the home department or institution's call schedule and follow ACGME policies regarding duty 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 noon-8:00 PM. The resident is excused from clinical duties during Wednesday didactics (noon-5pm).
- For junior residents, there will be required evening experiences in the PES:
- PGY-1 residents will alternate covering Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5pm-10pm; 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 from 5pm-10pm; each PGY-2 resident will do approximately one shift every other week.
- The Program Director must approve all moonlighting activities.
- Residents may not moonlight in the first year.
- Residents must score in the top 50th percentile on the most recent Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Exam (PRITE).
- 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 duty hours, and the total number of hours must not exceed 80 hours/week.
- 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
- Maternity and paternity leave are available for birth/adoption of a child.
- Residents are eligible for FMLA immediately upon employment with UNMC.
- The department provides a $1,500 travel stipend per year for professional organizational dues and approved conference-related expenses.
- The stipend does not carry over from year to year.
- Board preparation materials are not covered.
- Department may increase stipend if the resident has an accepted abstract or obtains organizational leadership requiring attendance.
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.
- Residents interested in child and adolescent psychiatry will have the full support of the residency to "fast-track" (i.e., begin two-year fellowship as a PGY-4.)
- Presently the main pediatric psychiatry experience will come from the full-day outpatient clinic during the PGY-3 year.
- Additionally, residents will likely encounter pediatrics 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 (using travel stipend) and encourage attendance in the October annual meeting.
- Comprehensive group health, dental, optical, and life insurance options.
- Malpractice insurance is provided.
- Reimbursement for travel to and from required training sites more than 25 miles from the Medical Center.
- Preferential eligibility for parking.
- Tuition credit of 15 credit hours/year for employee and immediate family to UNO, UNL, UNK, and UNMC.
- Free workout options, Clarkson Wellness Center, Lied Exercise Room, and Bellevue Medical Center (excludes Student Life Center)
- House Officer Assistance Program, a cost-free and confidential program for all UNMC House Officers and their partners. Contact Susan Smith, RN, BS, CEAP (402-559-5323, After Hours 402-559-4000)
- Central house officer lounge with complimentary food on weekends in University Tower, Room 3441.
- Explanation of Health Benefits