Professional Education Allowance
As of July 1, 2016, each Officer is eligible to be reimbursed up to nine hundred dollars ($900) for an annual professional education allowance. The amount will be increased to nine hundred-fifty dollars ($950) effective July 1, 2017; one thousand dollars ($1,000) effective July 1, 2018; and one thousand-fifty dollars ($1,050) effective July 1, 2019.
The Hospital provides malpractice insurance at its expense in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000.
Limited Licensing Fee
The Hospital pays for the limited license for all House Officers.
All incoming residents are paid for orientation or work performed prior to July 1 of their first year.
House Officers shall be eligible for medical insurance on the first day of active employment, excluding orientation. Medical insurance premium increases during the life of the Agreement will be paid for by the Hospital based on the following percentages of the average weekly premium of all medical insurance plans (excluding the highest and the lowest costing plans):
The Hospital will extend domestic partnership coverage (same sex only) to all House Officers, consistent with the Hospital’s current practice regarding domestic partner coverage for other employees.
The Hospital’s monthly dental insurance plan premium contribution shall be $4.00 per month for any House Officer who elects to participate in a Hospital dental insurance plan.
The Hospital provides all eligible House Officers with life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D) at no cost to the House Officer equal to one (1) times their base annual salary. House Officers may also purchase additional life insurance at one (1), two (2) or three (3) times their annual salary and additional AD&D insurance at one (1), two (2) or three (3) times their annual salary.
The Hospital purchases, at its own expense, disability coverage for House Officers which is portable and is provided by the Voluntary Hospitals House Staff Benefits Plan of the Committee of Interns and Residents.
Sick leave accrues at the rate of one and one-fourth (1 1/4) days for each month of actual service, not to exceed fifteen (15) working days in any calendar year. New employees are credited in advance with seven and one-half (7 1/2) sick leave days as of July of their first year, in advance of such year having been worked. Sick leave not used in the year in which it accrues, together with any accumulated sick leave standing to the employee’s credit and not used in the current year, may be accumulated for use in the subsequent year. Sick leave not used prior to the termination of an employee’s service shall lapse, and the employee shall not be entitled to any compensation in lieu thereof.
A House Officer may take up to two (2) personal days in any one academic year (July 1 – June 30) to be paid out of his/her accrued sick leave. Any use of personal days is subject to the approval of the House Officer’s department.
House Officers are entitled to up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid family leave for the birth or care of a child, for adoption of a child under age eighteen or foster care placement of a child under age eighteen. Unused sick and vacation time can be used for this twelve (12) week leave.
House Officers are entitled to two (2) weeks parental leave in order to attend to the birth, adoption, or care of a new child in the employee’s immediate household. Unused sick and vacation time may be used for this leave.
Family and Medical Leave
Eligible persons may be entitled to up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid medical leave for serious illness or serious illness of said person’s spouse, parent or child pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. All applications for FMLA must comply with the law and the Hospital’s policies and procedures governing such leave.
In the event of death of a House Officer’s mother, father, spouse, significant other, parents of spouse or significant other, brother, sister, child, grandparent, grandchild, or other members of the House Officer’s immediate household (for a period of six (6) months or more), the House Officer is entitled to receive up to three (3) working days leave without loss of pay for the purpose of attending funeral services or arranging for burial, provided that the House Officer is in active service at the time of such death. Leave without loss of pay under this section shall not be deducted from sick leave or vacation leave. All House Officers are permitted one (1) day’s leave without pay in order to attend the funeral of a relative not included above. A House Officer may choose to use accumulated sick leave for this purpose. If a House Officer requires additional leave for bereavement purposes due to the death of someone specified above, authorized leave for such purposes shall be deducted from sick leave allowance.
Effective February 5, 2012, House Officers shall pay $84.46 per month to participate in the monthly parking program. Payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis is available.
Occasional parking is available. House Officers may purchase a packet of twelve (12) stickers. House Officers shall pay 50% of the rate set for these packets by the Office of Parking and Transportation Services, but in no event shall the cost of such packet be less than monthly parking cost to the House Officers. House Officers shall be limited to the purchase of four (4) subsidized parking packets per year.
House Officers who elect not to participate in the BMC parking program may be eligible for an MBTA pass subsidy offered by the Office of Parking and Transportation Services (limit of 1 pass per person per month).
On Call Meals
The Hospital provides all House Officers who are on-call at BMC with one (1) free dinner (limited to a cost of not more than $8.00) and one free post-call breakfast (limited to a cost of not more than $5.00) in the main BMC cafeterias, including Menino, East Newton and Shapiro. The Hospital provides fresh pre-packaged salads and/or sandwiches for on-call residents who cannot leave their patient care duties to get dinner in the cafeteria prior to closing.
All House Officers and fellows are eligible at all times for the Hospital’s employee discount upon presentation of their BMC identification badge. House Officers assigned to at-home call will be eligible to receive: a) the free on-call dinner if their duties require them to remain in the Hospital past 5:00 pm, and b) the on-call breakfast if they are called into the Hospital in the middle of the night and remain there until the next morning.
Boston Sports Club Benefit
All CIR members are eligible to receive discounted membership to the Boston Sports Clubs. Members will receive a 40% reduction in both monthly and joining fees.
In the Department of Neurology, you receive 4 weeks of vacation per year.
Committee of Intern and Residents (CIR) Membership Dues (or Agency Fee)
House Officers and fellows are represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) for the purpose of negotiating their salaries, hours, and work conditions with the Hospital, and enforcing the negotiated contract. Members of CIR pay dues of 1.5% of their gross salary, deducted weekly. House officers and fellows who choose not to be members are required by the Hospital’s contract with the union to contribute 1.5% of their gross salary as an “agency fee” (also deducted weekly), which contributes to the cost of negotiating and enforcing the contract. These dues/fees are tax deductible.
Reference materials (books and journals, audiovisual and electronic) are available through libraries at the affiliated institutions, including the Alumni Medical Library at the Boston University School of Medicine. An extensive library is also available at the BVAMC and at both Units of BMC. The Department of Neurology’s library in the Collamore Building at Boston University has a fine collection specifically geared toward the study of Neurology and related subjects.