Duty Hours & Benefits

The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship program complies with the University of Utah GME houseofficer work hours policy. A typical work week is 40 to 50 hours. 

  • Fellows are on duty Monday through Friday for approximately eight to 10 hours per day, from about 7:30–8am to about 5–6pm
  • Some rotations will require Saturday or Sunday rounds once or twice per month
  • While on rotation at UNI, an evening clinical experience (68:30 pm) is required once a week, resulting in a 12-hour day

There us an 80-hour per week work limit outlined by University policy; 80 hours should not be reached in any weeks, except possibly during weeks or weekends of pager call. Fellows should never reach the 80-hour per week work limit when work hours are averaged over a four-week period.

Fellows will document their work hours (including any moonlighting hours) in the Advanced Informatics, Inc. E*value system on a daily basis. The Program Director and Program Coordinator will track work hours through the E*value system.

On-Call Schedule

There is no in-house call during the fellowship. Fellows may have some pager call responsibilities.

  • Fellows may rotate pager call under the supervision of the Addiction Psychiatry attendings while at UNI
  • Pager call may cover one out of every three to four weekends
    • One day of the weekend is dedicated to inpatient rounds
    • Fellows will triage telephone calls for current inpatients from 5–11pm on Friday and 8am until 11pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • 80 total hours of duty are possible during the week of call
  • Attendings will assume pager call on Sunday if and when the fellow’s 80-hour limit has been reached

Other rotations and electives may also include pager call, but at no time will duty hours exceed 80 hours per week.

Each hospital will have its own "on-call" system to cover the patients seen during the day. If there are any difficulties with getting appropriate supervision, fellows should notify the Program Director as soon as possible.


Any fellows who moonlights must: 

  1. Follow the Department of Psychiatry and GME office moonlighting policies
  2. Not exceed the 80-hour per week limit

If there are any duty hour violations, the Program Coordinator will flag the violation to the Program Director, who will discuss the violation with the fellow and develop a plan for avoiding future duty violations. 


PGY Level Stipend (2018/19)
5 $ 67,661
6 $ 71,509


  • Three weeks (15 working days) of vacation
  • Choice of health insurance plans for coverage of houseofficer and family; premium costs are shared between the University Hospital and the houseofficer
  • Group dental insurance for houseofficer and family at a nominal premium per month
  • Group term life insurance up to stipend amount but not to exceed $25,000 at no charge; additional life insurance up to a maximum of $350,000 may be purchased by the houseofficer
  • Disability insurance with own-occupation clause in the amount of approximately $2,741 per month with built-in cost-of-living rider; basic policy paid by hospital. Additional options may be purchased by the houseofficer
  • Malpractice insurance is provided by the hospital for professional activities that are an approved part of the training program
  • Meals will be provided to an on-call houseofficer required to spend the night in any affiliated hospital 
  • Houseofficers are responsible for purchasing their own lab coats, which may be purchased from the University of Utah Linen Services
  • Other benefits, such as reduced tuition, bookstore discount and others as offered to all university employees

Elizabeth F. Howell, MD, MS, DFAPA, DFASAM

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Program Director, Addiction Fellowships

Contact Us

Cassie Bowles
Academic Project Coordinator 
Phone: 801-587-3543
Email: Cassie.Bowles@hsc.utah.edu


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