Residents receive a debit card to purchase meals, which is prepaid by the hospital, based on the frequency of call. White lab coats and business cards are also provided. Residents also receive travel money for CME conferences.
In September, all residents and their guests attend an off-campus weekend retreat on the Oregon coast to socialize and attend workshops. The retreat focuses on both resident and program development and is seen as such an important function that fellows, faculty, and recent resident alumni help to cover the hospital while the residents are all away. Vacation and Leave Residents receive nearly four weeks of paid vacation per year. Vacation is taken in three blocks evenly spaced throughout the year. These vacation blocks are "outside" of the call schedule. Thus, the call schedule does not change from q4 to q3 as residents take vacation. "Holiday Block" occurs over 10 days in late December through New Year's Day and are outside of the rotation schedule. During this time, critical services are covered by one half of the residents while the other half enjoy the holidays with family. Each resident has a block of five days off during this holiday time.
Five days are available for educational leave. Three weeks per year of sick leave is granted and can be accrued. Maternity/paternity leave is available in line with state and federal laws.
The year begins with two weeks of orientation, including certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation. The program supports resident travel for research presentations at academic conferences, as well as providing an educational stipend for all residents. As an employee of OHSU, residents are eligible for a number of discounts on items such as sports tickets and apparel, cultural events, and travel as well as numerous other products and services.