Stipend & Benefits
If you have any questions regarding your United Health Care plan or additional benefits offered to you by GME, please contact the GME office at 813-250-2512.
Coverage is provided via United HealthCare – Choice Plus Plan and is based on a three-tier plan. USF Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) pays for the Resident/Fellow portion of the health insurance coverage. If you wish to add dependents, you will have a deduction of $50 per month for spouse coverage or $75 per month for child(ren) with or without spouse via automatic payroll deduction. Below are a few documents to assist with better understanding your healthcare coverage and other benefits. Enrollment form provided below under Healthcare & Benefits Forms.
Dental & Vision
Residents and Fellows can elect dental and vision coverage through United Healthcare. To sign up for these benefits, please fill in the appropriate form below. Enrollment form provided below under Healthcare & Benefits Forms. Find additional details on this coverage by reviewing these documents:
Healthcare & Benefits Forms
Standard Beneficiary Form – use this form to update your beneficiary
Annual (Vacation) Leave
All residents will receive a total of fifteen (15) weekdays of annual leave. (Vacation is pro-rated for trainees beginning mid-cycle).
Residents will receive a total of nine (9) days of sick leave at the beginning of each appointment year. (Sick Leave is pro-rated for trainees beginning mid-cycle).
Residents will receive 10 workdays of compensated parental leave per the birth of each child. Time must be used within 90 days of the birth or adoption event.
In the event of death in the immediate family, the resident may be granted three (3) days of bereavement leave in order to attend the funeral and assist in the estate settlement.
Review the current Leave of Absence Policy for further details.
To find out more about TERP please visit: http://www.usf.edu/hr/benefits/retirement/terp.aspx.
Quick Facts about USF Self-Insurance Program (SIP)
1. The USF Self-Insurance Program (SIP) team is the medical malpractice carrier for the University health care providers;
2. Sovereign immunity and how it affects you: You cannot be personally named in a suit, damages are limited in medical malpractice claims to 200/300 for state entities;
3. Identifying instances when you need to call SIP, include:
a. Receipt of a subpoena for deposition or request to speak with outside attorney;
b. Receipt of notice of a claim;
c. Patient complaint regarding care or threat to talk to an attorney;
d. Bad or unexpected outcome so as to give us notice of a potential claim;
e. Receipt of notice of DOH investigation;
f. Any other circumstances under which they believe a patient or patient family may pursue a medical malpractice cause of action.
4. For additional information on SIP, see below or read through these SIP FAQs.
USF Morsani College of Medicine residents are shielded from personal liability for negligence and entitled to the protections of sovereign immunity when acting within the course and scope of their employment with the College. As a member of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, you have professional liability protection through the USF Self-Insurance Program (SIP), which provides medical malpractice coverage for healthcare providers at University of South Florida, including faculty, residents, students, and other employees. In connection with this protection, residents have certain significant responsibilities, including full compliance with the SIP staff and SIP committees in the investigation, defense, and settlement of claims.
Category one: Any incident in which a patient has sustained an iatrogenic injury that was not anticipated by the physician or patient.
Category two: Any of the following injuries:
- Death (unexpected or unexplained);
- Paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Nerve injury or neurological deficit;
- Brain damage;
- Total or partial loss of limb, or loss of the use of limb;
- Sensory organ or reproductive organ loss or impairment; and
- Injury which results in disability or disfigurement.
Category three: All incidents in the following broad categories:
- Any injury to the mother or baby associated with birth, including all shoulder dystocias;
- Any patient injury resulting from defective or nonfunctioning medical equipment;
- Any injury to parts of the anatomy not undergoing treatment;
- Any claim by a patient or family member that a patient has been medically injured;
- Any assertion by the patient or family that no consent for treatment was given;
- Any increase in morbidity due to misdiagnosis.
By far the best guideline to follow is that of medical common sense sustained by an ever-present awareness of the possibility of a claim. When in doubt, always report, and do so promptly.
The SIP office should also be notified immediately in each of the following situations:
- Receipt of any correspondence from any source, attorney, patient, or third party, making an inquiry in connection with a claim or intent to initiate malpractice action;
- Receipt by a faculty member, resident or employee of a summons, complaint, or other legal documents in connection with a claim or a DOH investigation;
- Receipt of a subpoena for medical records, a subpoena, or a requested conference from an outside attorney.
SIP staff works to protect University physicians. The office may be reached at
(813) 974-8008. Further information may be obtained from:
USF Self-Insurance Programs
Tel: (813) 974-8008
Tel: (813) 974-8008
Moffitt Parking Information
Residents and fellows must buy the S pass from USF Parking and bring the receipt to Cheryl Davidson in the Moffitt GME office. Moffitt GME will reimburse $25 for every month of Moffitt rotation. Buy the pass at the last possible moment and then return the pass (peel off the sticker and return it) to USF Parking at the end of the Moffitt rotation for a reimbursement for unused days. In this way, the cost of parking is minimal. Those coming in for call/consults can park in the Moffitt garages overnight until 7 am and on the weekends.