About Program Benefits and Stipend

Salary/Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • The 2022-23 PGY1 Residents will receive a stipend of $51,000 with accrued PTO.
  • Residents earn approximately 30 PTO days during their 12-month program, which are used for holidays, sick time, vacation days, seminars, interviews and personal days.


  • Health Insurance: comprehensive medical, dental and eye coverage.
  • Public transportation and parking discounts.
  • Reimbursement for one major national meeting (ASHP Midyear) and for the Eastern States Residency Conference.
  • Additional benefits (provided and optional) are detailed in the BIDMC Employee Benefits Handbook provided by the BIDMC Human Resource Department.

Vacation/Personal Days

  • Scheduled time off for vacation and personal days will be used from the resident's earned PTO bank in accordance with the BIDMC Employee Benefits Policy and will not exceed a total of two weeks during the residency year.
  • Vacation and personal days must be planned and scheduled in advance with consideration of rotation obligations, staffing and other residency responsibilities.
  • Time-off requests must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the scheduled time off.
  • All requests for time-off, vacation and schedule changes should be directed to and approved by the pharmacy supervisor responsible for scheduling, the preceptor for the rotation during which the time off will occur, and the residency program director.
  • Approval for vacation and time off will follow departmental policy and procedures.
  • Attendance at the ASHP Midyear and the Eastern States Conference are considered Professional Absences and do not affect PTO.

Sick Days/ Extended Medical Leave/Personal Leave

  • Sick days must be reported to the Pharmacy Administrator on call (92429) as early as possible as outlined in the Department of Pharmacy Policy and Procedures. In addition, the resident should also notify the current rotation preceptor and Residency Program Director as early as possible of their absence.
  • Multiple and/or extended illness may impact the resident's ability to complete the requirements of a rotations and/or the residency program. It is the responsibility of the resident to coordinate with the rotation preceptor and make up any missed work associated with their absence during a rotation.
  • Illnesses longer than 5 days will follow the Department of Pharmacy Policy: “Employee Dependability (Attendance and Tardiness) Expectation.” If an employee is absent for five consecutive shifts and has notified her/his supervisor, s/he must report to Employee/Occupational Health Services for evaluation and clearance prior to returning to work.
  • In the event of a serious medical or personal condition requiring extended leave, communication with the RPD and Human Resources should be initiated as soon as possible to ensure that the resident is aware of their benefit status and he/she can determine what actions, if any, are available for continued benefits. BIDMC Policies regarding extended illness, “Employee Paid Time Off (PM-03)” and “Employee Leaves of Absence (PM-11)” are located on the portal within the BIDMC Policy Manual.
  • Whereas the residency program is a designed to be completed in a 12 month period, an extended leave may impact the resident’s ability to successfully complete the requirements of the program during this 12 month period. Every effort will be made to work with the resident to develop a plan to accomplish making up missed days, however this may not be possible. In situations where an extended leave of absence (greater than 4 weeks) necessitates an extension beyond the 12 months of the residency in order to complete the residency requirements, the resident may petition the RPD and DOP for an extension of their residency end date. All decisions related to extensions will be made on a case-by-case basis and cannot be guaranteed.
  • If the resident is unable to complete the formulated plan and fulfill the requirements of the program, they will not be awarded a certificate of completion.