Comprehensive health insurance is provided for residents, their spouses/domestic partners, and dependent children. Residents participate in a long-term disability plan and life insurance. Malpractice insurance is also provided by the institution at no cost to the resident. Coverage options and plan details can be found at https://uphshrandyou.com/public/welcome.
Residents are entitled to four weeks paid vacation during the academic year, along with three personal days. Residents can request to take vacation at the time of their choosing, in accordance with the department vacation policy. Attendance at academic conferences does not utilize vacation days. Any unused vacation days may not be paid out as additional compensation.
The Penn program offers up to 12 weeks of FMLA for maternity leave or paternity leave to support our residents. In addition, the University of Pennsylvania has three Penn affiliated child care centers on or near campus including the Penn Children's Center - University of Pennsylvania which is just blocks away from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A variety of other childcare centers and schools are in close proximity to the hospital and available to fit the individual needs of each family.
Penn Library and Facilities Access
Residents have access to Penn libraries and library resources including online databases, electronic journals, multimedia and hard copy resources with borrowing privileges.
Residents can purchase a Penn gym membership which provides access to the University of Pennsylvania gyms and recreational facilities including the David Pottruck Health & Fitness Center, Hutchinson Gym, Robert A. Fox Fitness Center, and Sheerr Pool. Fitness centers offer a variety of fitness and wellness programs including group exercise, spinning, personal training, instructional classes in dance, yoga, golf, swimming and other activities, as well as access to the Pottruck climbing wall. In addition, massage therapy and other health and wellness services are available on an appointment basis. More information can be found at www.upenn.edu/recreation.
In an effort to help the residents navigate the difficulties of pathology residency and to shape the career they envision, the program offers two different mentorship programs to the residents.
- Faculty-Resident Mentorship Program
- Each resident (mentee) is paired with a faculty mentor from Pennsylvania Hospital department of Pathology.
- They meet at least twice a year to discuss and formulate a plan to navigate residency and future career goals.
- Residents’ Peer - Mentorship Program
- Each incoming resident (mentee) is paired with a peer - mentor, who is either a senior resident (PGY3 and above) or a chief resident.
- The peer mentor will assist the mentee during the first month of residency in grossing as well as introduce and train the mentee on various other aspects of the laboratory, including use of electronic medical records and pathology reporting software.
- The mentor will also assist the mentee in planning initial career goals, fellowship options, and introduce to different educational opportunities that are available.
The department offers an annual Crane Award (cash award) instituted in memory of Dr. Reynolds Crane, one of the former directors of the pathology department at Pennsylvania Hospital. This is awarded to deserving resident(s) who had significant scientific publication in the academic year.