Resident Well-Being

The program directors and faculty leaders at Children's recognize the importance of providing emotional support and understanding the psychosocial needs of our house staff during the challenges and stresses of residency. Particular efforts to maintain resident well-being include the following;

  • Resident retreat each year of training
  • Monthly support groups lead by faculty facilitator
  • Regular support group for residents on the Hematology Oncology and Critical Care rotations lead by skilled leaders
  • Mindfulness and Integrative Medicine Curriculum
  • Healer's Connection- opportunity to connect with colleagues and discuss meaning in medicine outside of work
  • Caring for the Caregiver training
  • Resident Appreciation Week
  • Resident Appreciation Night
  • Schedules with Well-Being in mind
    • PGY-1    12 weeks call-free
    • PGY-2    4 weeks call-free, 4-6 weeks back-up call
    • PGY-3    8 weeks call-free, 4-6 weeks back-up call

The most important source of support comes from other residents who invariably develop close ties, a team spirit and sense of community.  The resident-led Well-Being Committee collaborates with the program and plans activities outside the hospital to help achieve life balance.

Call and Hours

On-call and regular hours are as follows:

  • All schedules are carefully crafted to avoid any duty hour violations and ensure adequate rest between shifts and night-time duties, to optimize learning and avoid resident fatigue.
  • The Program Directors monitor work hours of residents very closely, with an electronic reporting system, to ensure compliance with all ACGME duty-hour requirements.
  • There is typically one call-free weekend a month, and night call never exceeds every fourth night.
  • Emergency Department shifts are 8 hours long, with an additional hour for charting and transfer of care. Shift schedules are designed to minimize disturbance in circadian rhythm. Approximately two days off after every four shifts.
  • A well-established daytime and nighttime backup system covers resident illness or other unanticipated absences.

Salary and Benefits

The salaries for residents during the 2024-25 academic year will be:

  • PGY-1 $84,262.86 (includes $11,805 housing stipend)
  • PGY-2 $86,672.55 (includes $11,805 housing stipend)
  • PGY-3 $91,682.81 (includes $11,805 housing stipend)

There is also a relocation stipend of $2,400 for interns and transfer residents.

Residents receive an educational stipend, well-being stipend, meal credit, and an excellent package of health, vision, and dental insurance as well as 4 weeks of paid vacation each year and time off over one of the December holidays.

2023 ResidentsFellowsBenefits.pdf

BCH Oakland-House Staff CIRSEIU Contract.pdf

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