Resident Benefits and Salary

Conferences

Departmental Conferences

A departmental conference schedule with a 2 year curriculum exists in compliance with ACGME requirements. Nine educational conferences are held each week for residents. Most conferences take place at 11:45am and 12:30pm. Format varies and includes didactic lectures, unknown case conferences, and a combination of the two. Residents are given protected time to attend the conferences and are expected to attend. Attendance records are maintained and reviewed semiannually. A typical conference schedule includes:

Day

Time

Topic

Monday

11:45

MSK

Monday

12:30

Chest

Tuesday

11:45

Abdomen

Tuesday

12:30

Neuro

Wednesday

Noon

ER or Women’s

Wednesday

4pm

IR

Thursday

11:45

Peds

Thursday

 IR or US

Friday

Noon

Nuclear Med

Other conferences included Missed Case Conference (bi-monthly), Journal Club and Grand Rounds (monthly). Residents lead conferences, particularly in preparation for presentations at national meetings, and as a part of their mini-fellowships and the Cardiothoracic and Body MRI rotations. Guest speakers provide resident educational conferences on occasion. A specific short series of call-preparation conferences is held yearly in December.

For the PGY2 class, a weekly conference ,“Radiology Club”, is held throughout the year. This conference provides junior residents with a structured approach, using the Core Radiology textbook as a scaffold, to learning the fundamentals of radiology.

Divisional conferences

Each division holds conferences (some interdisciplinary). Details of these conferences are included in the clinical rotation Goals and Objectives documents available on the departmental intranet.

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 is available for review at www.lacusc.org/GME.

Physician, Post Graduate Salaries:

Salaries 19-20

Salaries 20-21

Insurance

According to the current MOU, residents will be provided the same benefits as other temporary employees with respect to Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Jury Duty Leave, Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, Witness Leave, Military Leave, and Civil Service Examination Leave at the level agreed to by the County and the Coalition of County Employee Unions in the Memorandum of Understanding entered into on December 16, 2003 regarding the Fringe Benefits. Via the CIR, residents pay a yearly amount into a fund for disability insurance and may purchase additional outside disability insurance.

Paid Leave

Residents receive 24 paid leave days per academic year. These vacations must be approved by the program coordinator and prescheduled. At the time of residency completion, unused vacation time may be paid out at a standard rate. Residents receive 8 sick days per year, up to 5 of which may be used as personal days. Unused sick days may be paid out at six-month intervals per LA County policy and procedure. NOTE: The American Board of Radiology allows a maximum of 30 days per year away from training to maintain eligibility for graduation. Taking over 30 days per year in vacation/sick/personal days may result in extension of residency beyond the expected date of graduation.

Meals

Residents are provided with a daily stipend for meals that totals $25 per day. Each meal has a set price limit.

Parking

Free proximity parking is provided to residents at both the LAC + USC Medical Center and Keck Hospital of USC.

Clothing

The County of Los Angeles provides residents with white lab coats and scrubs. Each resident is also provided with a pager; a name badge with electronic access pass to the facilities; access to and training on HIS, EMR, PACS, and dictation systems; and radiation dosimetry badges.

Fees

The County of Los Angeles pays for the testing fee for each Diagnostic Radiology resident to take the California radiography/fluoroscopy licensing examination.

Tuition

The Department of Radiology provides each resident with tuition to attend the four-week AIRP Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation course as well as a cost of living stipend of $1000. Residents receive a total stipend of $800 over the residency to attend up to 2 review courses.. The department also provides each resident with tuition for a physics review course which includes on-line modules, a textbook, and a live review course during the R3 year.

Academic Support

The Department of Radiology provides residents with financially supported academic time to present educational exhibits and scientific abstracts at local/regional/national medical meetings. Details of this support are outlined in a departmental policy available on the intranet.

Educational Materials

The Department of Radiology provides each entering resident with a comprehensive radiology text. The department owns a library of subspecialty texts that may be checked out by residents. The department also subscribes to online radiology educational materials including StatDx and RadPrimer. All residents have physical access to the Norris Medical Library on campus, as well as its on-line database materials.