Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Benefits & Leave
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows are given two weeks of paid vacation annually. Schedules are constructed to allow additional holiday leave in late December and early January for Fellows, depending upon the department in which they are assigned at that time. Vacations can be scheduled for a maximum of one week at a time.
Residents are granted the eight holidays observed by the University:
Fellows may be paid for up to 21 sick days within a year (four weeks and one day); however, they cannot be paid for unused sick leave at the end of training nor carry days over from year to year. A Program Director may request a physician's statement for periods of sick leave. The determination as to whether or not the fellow will be required to make up time missed due to Sick Leave will be made by the Program Director, in accordance with fellowship requirements and board certification requirements.
The University also provides for situations involving extended illness or disability. Once all vacation, holidays, personal days, and sick leave have been exhausted, the fellow may request leave without pay. After three months, paid benefits may be available in accordance with the resident/fellow disability insurance coverage.
Parental leave (maternity and paternity) is available to residents for the birth or adoption of a child or foster care placement. Annual leave, sick leave, and holidays may be used so that salary may be continued. Any additional leave requested would be without pay. Family leave may extend up to 12 weeks. The fellow must give reasonable notice (30 days when the need for leave is foreseeable). The Program Director is responsible for determining whether the time off (in excess of vacation and holidays) would need to be made up at the end of training in accordance with board certification requirements. The make-up time, if required, would be with pay.
Fellow Professional Development
The Hospice/Palliative Care Program gives each fellow the opportunity to attend an outside conference annually (up to a maximum of one full week each year. Hospice of Chattanooga will reimburse fellow conference and travel expenses as well as related medical books up to a total of $1,500 per year in accordance with UT Travel Guidelines (original receipts must be submitted within 30 days of travel or expense).