About Program Benefits and Stipend

Salary/Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • The resident will receive a stipend of $55,000 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.
    1. Residents are permitted to take up to 10 days as vacation during the residency year. No more than 5 days of vacation may be taken during any 1 learning experiences.
    2. Residents will use PTO days for all holidays. These include Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Memorial Day.
    3. Any PTO not taken at the end of the year from #1, #2, or as sick days will be cashed out to the resident upon completion of the program


  • Health Insurance: comprehensive medical, dental and eye coverage.
  • Public transportation and parking discounts.
  • Reimbursement for one major national meeting (e.g. SHEA, ID week)
  • Additional benefits (provided and optional) are detailed in the BIDMC Employee Benefits Handbook provided by the BIDMC Human Resource Department.
  • $1000 stipend towards meals at onsite cafeterias

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 2 weeks during the residency year. For International Track residents, the same total applies.
  • Vacation and personal days must be planned and scheduled in advance with consideration of rotation obligations 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 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 Infectious Diseases meeting 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.
  • It is the responsibility of the resident to coordinate and make up any missed work associated with preceptor for that rotation.
  • If an employee is absent for three consecutive work shifts without notifying her/his supervisor, s/he will be considered to have resigned without notice.
  • 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.
  • Residents are not eligible for FMLA
  • 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. (GME Policy for Extension of Training (GME-04)
  • The resident may receive a stipend during an approved extension of training subject to the availability of funding, however this funding cannot be guaranteed. In the event a stipend is paid, it will be at the pay rate the resident received during their residency year. (GME Policy for Extension of Training (GME-04))
  • 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.