Our program offers a complete package of benefits as outlined below.
For more information on any of these offerings, please visit the University of Colorado Graduate Medical Education website.
Residents are allowed three weeks of vacation each academic year. An additional week of educational leave is permitted in the second and third years. There are several designated holidays in the pediatric program, including at least one four-day break for each resident at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's.
It is the policy of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee to allow leave for maternity, paternity, adoption, illness of a close relative that requires the resident's care, or illness of the resident. Residents may be granted up to 12 calendar weeks of leave during a 12-month period for certain family and medical reasons. Leaves are granted by the Program Director. The Program Director will determine how much of the time will need to be made up in order to fulfill the specialty board certification and requirements. The complete leave policy is in the Graduate Medical Education Manual.
Registration is paid for all PL-1s to be certified in PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and to recertify as required during residency.
Residents receive pre-paid meal cards at each hospital to cover the cost of meals while at work.
Medical insurance coverage is provided to residents and their family members at minimal cost. The health insurance plan provides basic coverage with in- and out-of-network reimbursement options and a prescription drug card program. Dental insurance premiums are paid for residents and their family members at no cost. Preventive dental services are paid at 100% and have no deductible. Life and disability insurance are provided for all residents. Malpractice coverage is provided by the program for all residents.
Computers for resident use and education are in the resident lounge and in all clinical care areas. Free literature searches are available to all residents at Children's Hospital Colorado and through the School of Medicine library. Residents have access to an enormous range of journals and other electronic services for clinical and educational use.
Resident memberships for the American Academy of Pediatrics are paid. This includes access to the AAP educational website, Pedialink. Each year several free courses are made available to residents at this site. Residents also receive several pediatric journals, including Pediatrics and Pediatrics in Review free of charge.
Our department chair, Dr. Steve Daniels, invites the PL1 class to dinner in the fall and hosts an informal celebration dinner in May for the graduating PL3s. The PL3s also have a formal completion dinner in June at which a faculty member speaks about each graduating resident. And finally, each spring the residents and faculty gather for the infamous Skit Night, where each class tries to outdo the other with evermore involved and hilarious videos and musical performances.