Residency Handbook


Benefits for Housestaff

Download the Benefits for Housestaff .pdf for information about:

  • Medical (Classic, Health Savings Plan, and Premier)
  • Dental
  • Vision (Basic and Enhanced)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Optional, and Dependent)
  • AD&D
  • Long Term Disability (Paid by UAMS and Voluntary Optional LTD)

UAMS HR Benefit Summaries Website

Additional UAMS Benefits for Faculty, FGP Members, Staff, and Residents YouTube Video

2020-2021 Stipend

PGY 1: $53,615

PGY 2: $54,365

PGY 3: $56,158

PGY 4: $57,799

PGY 5: $60,216

PGY 6: $62,840

PGY 7: $64,330

GME Leave Benefits


Residents receive 21 days (only 15 weekdays i.e. M-F may be taken) of paid vacation each year. This cannot be “carried over” from one year to the next. Each program will inform its residents/fellows of the specialty Board regulation on leave used vs. Board eligibility.

Sick Leave

Residents have 12 days of sick leave for medical reasons during each year of training. Each program will inform its residents/fellows of the specialty Board regulation on leave used vs. Board eligibility. The sick leave cannot be “carried over”. Sick leave in excess of 12 days requires special review by the Associate Dean and Program Director.

Professional & Educational Leave

Programs will define and allocate professional and educational leave up to a maximum of 5 days per year, in addition to sick and vacation time. Professional and educational leave may not be carried over from one year to the next.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

After a year of employment, residents and fellows are eligible for FMLA.  Please see your program coordinator for details.


Resident physicians are not granted holidays or compensatory time off for holidays worked.  However, if a holiday occurs during a rotation, it will be at the discretion of the Program Director and attending physician as to whether the resident will or will not report to duty on this day.

Leave of Absence

Unpaid absence from the educational activities of the residency program when no sick or vacation leave exists to cover the absence and it is leave other than FMLA-qualified leave.


Sick leave may be granted to employees due to the death or serious illness of a member of the employee’s immediate family. Immediate family is defined as the father, mother, sister, brother, spouse, child, grandparent, grandchild, in-laws or any other person acting as a parent or guardian of an employee. The department head may grant sick leave for death or family illness in an amount which is reasonable for the circumstances.

Civil Leave (Jury Duty)

Please see your program coordinator for details.

Military Leave

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act does not apply to residents enrolled in the GME program. Residents who are members of the National Guard or any of the Uniformed Services of the United States may be called to duty in such uniformed service. The resident shall notify the Program Director in writing upon learning that he/she has been called to duty in a uniformed service. Prior to leaving the program for active duty, the resident and Program Director shall discuss the tentative plans for the resident’s return to the program including the level of re-entry. Within the abilities of the program to accommodate the resident’s re-entry in the program, the duration of absence from the program and the resident’s activities during the absence, the program will make every effort to ensure that the resident re-enters the program at the level commensurate with his/her abilities.

Additional Benefits

Workers’ Compensation

ALL employees on UAMS payroll are entitled to apply for workers’ compensation. If you have an on-the-job injury, you may be eligible for benefits, including medical care and income replacement, under workers’ compensation. How to apply for Workers’ Compensation.


Residents receive 20% discount with ID at UAMS dining facilities.


Paid resident parking is available on UAMS campus and at partner sites such as Arkansas Children’s, VA, and Baptist

Professional Liability Insurance Coverage

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, through the Medical College Physician’s Group, provides each resident with medical professional liability coverage for their activities within the residency/fellowship program. The coverage is written on a claims-made basis. Each resident/fellow is provided coverage in the amount of $500,000 per medical incident with an annual aggregate of $1,500,000. In addition to the limits of liability, the cost of legal defense is also provided. Hence, each resident/fellow is protected against claims for medical negligence for acts and/or omissions surfacing as a result of their UAMS COM approved activities. The coverage provided does not extend to activities outside the residency program. For this reason, any resident involved in moonlighting activities should secure his/her own professional liability coverage for the outside activities. To get more information view the Risk Management and Prevention Guide or contact the Insurance/Claims Management Division of the Office of General Counsel at 614-2077.

UAMS Fitness Center

Residents have access to UAMS Fitness Center for $15 a month.

Merchant Discounts

There is a list of merchants who offer discounts to employees, students, and alumni of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences when your UAMS ID badge is presented. This list is subject to change at any time without notice, and may not include all merchants who offer discounts to UAMS employees. We suggest you ask businesses if they offer educational, healthcare or state government discounts before making a purchase.

UARK Federal Credit Union

UARK offers a wide variety of loans at very competitive rates.  Some of our low-cost or no-cost convenience services include checking, home banking, payroll deduction, credit and check cards, online loans, and much, much more.  The more you use our services, the more you benefit! UARK is conveniently located at UAMS on the ground floor of the Central Building!

UAMS Library

The UAMS Library offers a number of online services for house staff. Residents can schedule consultations and classes or Request a Library Search. Librarians are available to assist in finding information for patient care or research and assisting with bibliographic software, database searching, resource use, and basic data management. Access to over 100 digital resources can be found on the A-Z Database page.  The UAMS Library also has over 50 computers available for use and provides various study areas.  Food and drinks are allowed throughout the Library, and vending machines are located in a small lounge located on the 1st level. After the Library is closed, residents still have access to  the 1st floor. To access the after hours area, enter through the North Lobby of the ED II Building and use a valid UAMS ID badge in the card swipe. The area is monitored by security cameras and panic alarms are placed throughout the study rooms to be used to notify the UAMS Police in an emergency.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is housed on the 3rd floor of the UAMS Library. Services include but are not limited to writing support, presentation support, laptop lending, and tech support for laptops and mobile devices. For more information please visit their website.