Resident Benefits and Salary

General work benefits are provided by the County of Los Angeles and are negotiated for residents by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is available for review at http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/lacusc/GME

Salaries compare favorably with those of other resident positions in the community. Annual salaries (as of April 2018) are as follows:

YEAR LEVEL MONTHLY SALARY YEARLY SALARY
GY-1 $4,419.31 $53,031.72
GY-2 $4,800.16 $57,601.92
GY-3 $5,201.04 $62,412.48
GY-4 $5,604.70 $67,256.40
GY-5 $5,997.49 $71,969.88

Vacation

As negotiated through the CIR, LAC+USC resident are entitled to 24 days paid vacation excluding weekend and holidays each year. The department allows residents to take up to four weeks of paid vacation per year.*

Sick, Family and Medical Leave

Sick Leave is accrued to a maximum of eight days per year. Three of these eight days may be used for personal days with permission of the program director. In compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, residents may take up to 12 weeks leave of absence without pay.*

Meals

Residents are provided three meals per day without charge while on duty at LAC+USC. Keck Medical Center provides $27 per day for meals while rotating at Keck Hospital. The County will reimburse residents for meal expenses at work, not to exceed $25 per day, for resident physicians rotating at CHLA.

Call rooms

Each service at the medical center provides call rooms for interns and residents. The call rooms include amenities such as beds, telephones, computers, printers and bathroom.

Uniforms

White coats and scrubs are furnished and laundered by the hospital without charge.

Malpractice Insurance

Malpractice insurance is provided without charge for all resident physicians during training. This coverage also includes legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts or omission of the house staff are within the scope of the educational program.

Medical / Dental / Life Insurance

Medical and dental insurance are provided without charge. A term life insurance policy is also provided without cost.

Parking

All residents are provided free parking in a parking lot adjacent to the hospital.

Educational Expenses

We believe it is in the best interest of the resident and our department to have as much resident involvement with research as possible. Therefore, we will financially support the travel costs associated with resident presentations at meetings up to $1,500 per year (restrictions apply). Additionally, we will also financially support the costs associated with professional expenses at the discretion of the resident up to $1,000 per year. Chief residents will receive an additional stipend to attend the AAO-HNS annual meeting.

Housing

The medical center no longer offers resident housing. However, current residents live all over the LA basin including Los Feliz/Silverlake/Echo Park (10-15 minutes away from LAC+USC); the Westside including Santa Monica, Venice (approximately 40 minutes away from the medical center); Pasadena (20 minutes away from the medical center); Alhambra (20 minutes away from the medical center); Downtown (3 miles away from the medical center) ; and the San Fernando Valley/Burbank (15-40 minutes away from the medical center).

Information about Surrounding Area

The website Discover Los Angeles provides information on the city and area surrounding the medical center: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/

Alumni

Graduates of the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery pursue both academic and private practice positions. Over the last 10 years, roughly two-thirds of our graduates have pursued fellowship positions. Roughly one-third of our graduates from this same time period are in academic positions. Most of our graduates match into one of their top fellowship choices. Representative fellowship positions include: facial plastics and reconstructive surgery, head and neck surgery, laryngology, endocrine surgery, otology/neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, and rhinology and anterior skull base surgery.

Quality of Life

Resident wellness is a priority not only for our department but also for the institution. LAC+USC Medical Center recently hired a Director of Wellness, who has implemented a number of programs aimed at improving resident wellness and quality of life. There is an annual resident wellness retreat for all residents and fellows across LAC+USC and seminars throughout the year focusing on resident quality of life. Within our department, we promote resident wellness in a variety of ways. We require strict adherence to duty hours and have a system in place to allow for fatigued residents to be relieved of their daily duties if necessary. Furthermore, we provide education on fatigue mitigation, and we provide education to prevent physician burnout.
The USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is committed to increasing the diversity of clinicians and leaders pursuing careers in otolaryngology. Indeed, we hope our leaders represent the diversity of faces seen in our patient population. In accordance with the Office of Equity and Diversity (http://equity.usc.edu), we aim to increase the diversity of thought, experience, and people that contribute to our Trojan community. As such, we strongly encourage underrepresented minorities to apply to our training program.

While residency is a demanding time, our residents do have opportunities to take advantage of life in Los Angeles outside the hospital. There are innumerable museums, cultural events, culinary experiences, hikes, and nightlife venues. So whether you are a nature-lover or a party-goer, Los Angeles has something for everyone.
About Los Angeles:

  • City of Angels, Hooray for Hollywood!
  • Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the United States
  • A diverse melting pot of races, ethnicities, languages, and religions
  • Home to a host of education centers, including public and private colleges and universities
  • Sunshine, sunshine, and more sunshine!!
  • 25 miles from the beach, 15 miles from the Griffith Observatory, 30 miles from the Angeles National Forest
  • Professional sports, including football, basketball, baseball, and hockey
  • Host to 2028 Olympics

Residents live in a variety of neighborhoods around Los Angeles, including South Pasadena, Downtown, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Culver City, and West Los Angeles.

FAQ/Mythbusters

  1. How tired do our residents get? Not very. Residency is definitely a challenging time, but we strive for our residents to maintain a good work/life balance.
  2. Is this really just a residency that slogs out clinics at LAC+USC? No. LAC+USC Medical Center is truly a jewel of this program. Residents participate in a continuity clinic where they see and book their own cases. In this way, they become “the doctor” to an extremely grateful patient population.
  3. Is this program just residents teaching residents? No. While we see the value in residents teaching residents, attendings are definitely present and play a large role in the education of residents.
  4. How many meetings do residents typically present at? One to two, although residents are welcome to present more if they are accepted to any major society individual meetings and conferences.
  5. What kinds of research projects do our residents work on? There is a wide variety. Our residents have conducted high-quality work in clinical research, translational research, bench research, systematic reviews, and global health research. Our goal is to provide the necessary support for residents to pursue their own research interests at the highest level.
  6. What is our philosophy for teaching residents? Progressive autonomy under supervision.
  7. What is the call schedule? Good overall. Each rotation varies, but all rotations utilize home call. LAC+USC call tends to be busier with procedures than call at Keck or CHLA.
  8. Balance of clinic vs OR? Great. The PGY2 and PGY5 years have a perfect balance while on their LAC+USC rotation. They rotate each day between clinic and OR. PGY3 and PGY4 residents spend time in the Keck attendings’ clinics and the operating rooms, with more time in the clinic as a PGY3 and more time in the operating room as a PGY4.
  9. How many cases do we do? Lots. Residents have no issue surpassing their index case minimums.
  10. What are you looking for in an applicant? We aim to find residents who are dedicated to learning otolaryngology and push themselves to grow both personally and professionally. We find that this is best exemplified by the applicant’s previous clinical and academic record, and expounded upon in their personal statement. We seek people that are committed to enhancing our Trojan family.
  11. What kind of person does well in this program? A person who is resourceful and hard-working. Residents must often function as the primary advocate for their patients, serving as the surgeon, social worker, and home health coordinator to ensure our patients’ complex health care needs are met.
  12. Has anyone left the program prior to graduation? No.
  13. Are the residents happy? Yes. Residents enjoy learning in residency but are also able to spend time with their families and friends while taking advantage of Los Angeles.
  14. What do the residents do for fun? Our residents’ interests vary. Some enjoy going to karaoke in Koreatown, while others enjoy going hiking or having quiet culinary experiences with their significant others. Most residents attend movies and concerts regularly and enjoy traveling internationally whenever possible.
* Please note: Per the American Board of Otolaryngology- Leaves of absence and vacation may be granted to residents at the discretion of the Program Director in accordance with local rules. The total of such leaves and vacation may not exceed six weeks in any one year.