The Common Pay Source (CPS) was established at USF Health in 1988 to facilitate payroll according to established PGY levels and to ensure equitable benefits to our residents/housestaff in accordance with ACGME rules and regulations. Although residents in the USF Health training programs function in various affiliated hospitals, the residents are employed by the University of South Florida for the residency term and receive benefits provided by USF Health College of Medicine (COM). Specific information on resident benefits – which include health, long- and short-term disability, life/accident, and malpractice insurance, and a counseling-assistance program (RAP) - can be found in the USF Health Housestaff Handbook.
In order to become a board certified, practicing physician, M.D. graduates must complete a graduate medical education (GME) residency training program. GME programs vary from three to six years to complete, depending on the clinical specialty. USF Health sponsors over sixty graduate medical education residency (housestaff) training programs. These programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME requires, as part of the accreditation criteria, that housestaff are paid uniform salaries and provided with uniform benefits.