Additional information regarding stipends and benefits is available on the College of Medicine's benefits page.
Limited staff agreement requires that the program provide a minimum of two weeks of vacation per year. The Urology program provides three vacation weeks per year. (It’s mandatory that all vacation be approved by your program director prior to your leave.)
- Taken in week blocks. As an exception to this, one week may be reserved to break up for fellowship and job interviews. A one-month notice for request/changes to leave is required.
- Approved by your program director.
- Coverage of service required. No more than one resident out at a time, unless approved by the program director.
- No vacations while on NCH rotation.
- No vacations in June and July. Terminal vacation is permitted for graduating chiefs if coverage of service allows and must be used as one of the three permitted weeks.
- Job interviews and trips to handle credentialing/living arrangements at your future employment are vacation. Failure to plan accordingly will not be given an exception to the policy.
- Meeting attendance is taken as vacation, unless approved by department chair as university business.
- Deadline for vacation requests is July 31.
- One week of vacation includes one weekend of time on either end of the week, but not both. If you wish to take both weekends off, you will have to use two additional days of your vacation time.
- Chief residents cannot take parallel vacation time.
- Any weeks taken off during holidays must be taken as vacation time, unless approved by the program director. If your vacation week falls on a university holiday, you do not get a make-up that somewhere else.
- The American Board of Urology has defined the leave policy for Urology training programs as follows: “Each program may provide sick leave and vacation leave for the resident in accordance with institutional policy. However, a resident must work 46 weeks each year of residency: that is, one year of credit must include at least 46 weeks of full-time urologic education. Vacation or leave time may not be accumulated to reduce the total training requirement. If a circumstance occurs in which a resident does not work the required 46 weeks, the program director must submit a plan to the ABU for approval on how the training will be made up, which may require an extension of the residency.
Sick leave will follow university policy and procedure and must be entered into eLeave system at eleave.osu.edu.
We understand that work/life balance can be challenging. We ask that you also consider our challenges in providing patient care. We kindly request that you work with us in scheduling any medical appointments/procedures to find an optimum time where your absence will not affect patient care.
Any medical appointment requiring more than four hours of leave requires a note from your doctor’s office.
The Department will offer the following CME Support to a Resident as long as the Resident is in good standing within the program, attends 98% of Grand Rounds (excluding excused absences), has met the publication requirement for the prior year, and meets the following criteria:
- Tier 1 Support: up to $1,500 annually to be used towards registration fees, travel, lodging, and food to attend a Department Approved Organizational Meeting provided that the Resident is delivering a podium, video, poster, or educational presentation. The Resident Bowl participation will qualify as an “educational” presentation.
- Tier 2 Support: a Resident may qualify for an additional $1,000 of annual support, above Tier 1 support, to be utilized towards registration fees, travel, lodging, and food to attend a Department Approved Organizational Meeting, or pre-approved meeting in a specialty area of interest, provided the Resident is selected to present (live or via video) or has a poster accepted on a topic that is completely different from the content submitted for the initially funded meeting that was funded through Tier 1 Support and achieves a score on the in-service exam that is at or above the 50th percentile.
- Senior Residents (PGY 4 or 5): a Senior Resident can allocate up to $1,000 annually (from Tier 1 or 2 Support) to be used towards registration fees, travel, lodging, and food to attend a Department Approved Organizational Meeting that aligns with professional career interests. In this context, a Senior Resident will not be required to present or have a poster accepted in order to attend a meeting although it is highly encouraged that the Senior Resident makes an attempt to do so.
- Resident Bowl (PGY 3-5): residents will have the opportunity to participate in the annual resident bowl if they are in good standing, have published / submitted at least one manuscript in the prior year, and have achieved a score on the in-service exam that is at or above the 25th percentile. The winner of the Bowl will travel to the North Central Section using Tier 1 or Tier 2 subsidy.
- Ohio Urologic Society (OUS): All PGY 2-5 residents are required to submit an abstract to the OUS; PGY-1 residents are encouraged but not required to submit. The OUS covers the majority of expenses. Reasonable uncovered meeting expenses can be covered through the Tier 1 subsidy. Because of this requirement, residents will be permitted to submit abstracts presented at the OUS to one other regional or national meeting. Call schedules during this meeting may require adjustments to maximize resident participation.
- AUA Annual Review Course. PGY-4 residents in good standing will receive up to $1,500 to attend this review course, independent of Tier 1 or 2 support.
Counseling and Support:
The Program Director and Associate Medical Director can provide counseling or a consultation referral related to personal problems that arise due to the trainee's participation in the program and/or that could affect the ability of the resident/fellow to perform his or her professional duties.
- Ohio State Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Confidential counseling services for Ohio State employees and their families experiencing distress.
- OSUWMC Department of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Care: Chaplains assist patients, families and Ohio State Medical Center physicians and staff in meeting spiritual and emotional needs. Sanctuary and meditation rooms are located throughout the hospital. A chaplain is on call 24 hours per day and can be reached through the hospital operator.
- Ohio State Employee Assistance Program: You don’t have to manage life’s challenges alone. As an OSU faculty or staff member, you have access to the Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which offers complimentary services and tools to help get you through the rough spots.
The Department will offer the following CME support to a Fellow, provided that any outside awards supporting registration, travel, lodging, etc. are expensed first, and that the Fellow attends 98% of the Department Grand Rounds (excluding excused absences):
- Clinical Fellows: up to $2,500 annually to be used towards registration fees, travel, lodging, and food to attend Department Approved Organizational Meetings. Meeting attendance will be at the Discretion of the Fellowship Director(s) provided that the Fellow is in good standing and is delivering a podium, poster, video, or educational presentation.
- Research Fellows: up to $2,500 annually to be used towards registration fees, travel, lodging, and food to attend Department Approved Organizational Meetings provided that the Fellow is in good standing and is delivering a podium, poster, video, or educational presentation.