Plastic Surgery

Housestaff Leave Policy

Leave taken for medical reasons falls under The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. The Family and Medical Leave Policy for Residents at the University of Utah meets the requirements of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, allowing up to 12 weeks of leave per year for eligible employees. In the case of a married resident whose spouse is also employed by University of Utah, a combined total of 12 weeks of leave is allowed per couple for maternity, paternity and/or adoption leave. To be eligible for FMLA leave, a resident must have been employed for at least 12 months and must be requesting leave for a serious medical condition (birth or adoption of a child; serious medical condition of a spouse, parent, or child; serious medical condition of the employee). Twenty-one calendar days of this leave may be taken as paid vacation, if time has not already been used. However, the American Board of Plastic Surgery does not allow for more than 4 weeks off service, per year of training. Therefore, any time off in excess of 4 weeks per year (time off defined as vacation time plus family leave/ military leave/ sick leave/ maternity-paternity-adoption leave/ education leave) must be made up at the end of the resident’s residency, and will be unpaid time. The resident’s responsibilities and rotation placement will be at the discretion of the program director. Malpractice insurance during this time will continue through the University although salary and benefits will not. Vacation time, and leave time, are not accumulated from year to year.

Each resident is allowed 3 weeks of vacation per year. This means 15 week days and 3 weekends. If an extra weekend is taken for vacation, you must round both weekend days for covering the vacation weekend. All days that are taken off count towards vacation. If there are no scheduled cases for you on a certain day, you should call your rotation director. This does not become a vacation day. A resident must turn in requests for vacation. This form identifies the covering resident. When vacation is approved the request will appear on the bulletin board. Only one resident can take vacation at a time. One of the three weeks must be taken during the first 6 months, another week at least during the months of January thru March and the last week may be taken in April or May. No vacation can be taken the first 2 weeks of July or in June. No resident is allowed to leave for vacation until operative logs are complete and up to date. The same holds true for meetings and other activities within the division.

Paid sick leave is non-accruing for residents, but paid sick leave not to exceed 12 days per year will be available to the resident if approved by the program director. Paid sick leave may be used for the residents’ own serious health condition, or the serious health condition of a parent, spouse, or child, or for the birth or adoption of a child. Time off for sick leave must be made up at the end of the residency.

With the permission of the program director, residents may take up to one week of paid educational leave time per year. This includes time away from the residency to present a paper at a national meeting or attend a national meeting in plastic surgery.