Leave Policy

Student Handbook, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Reno

Specifics regarding leave for vacation, illness, maternity, military, or professional interests are listed under the Resident Leave section and the Resident Travel section of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Resident Physicians and Fellows Handbook of Policies and Procedures. This section addresses the process necessary for obtaining annual leave, sick leave and educational leave and travel.

Annual leave

For annual leave, first inform the rotation training site coordinator at least two months before the planned leave. Then discuss leave plans with the residency director and complete a Leave Request Form (available from the Program Coordinator’s office). The form must be signed by the rotation training site supervisor or attending physician first and forwarded to the Program Coordinator’s office. Missed on-call assignment will be rescheduled. The resident is expected to work this out with the site supervisor and Chief Resident.

Sick Leave

If unable to work due to illness, residents are required to inform appropriate individuals at clinical sites and the program, including advanced residents, attending and the program coordinator. Upon returning from an illness, a leave request form must be completed and forwarded to the program coordinator. Missed on-call assignments will be rescheduled unless excused by the Program Director.

Non-emergency leave for pregnancy, parenting, military assignment, and attendance at professional meetings must be discussed and approved by the program director at least one month in advance.

If possible, try to take no more than one week from any rotation during PGY-1 and PGY-2 to minimize a negative impact on training. Deficiencies in training may be noted on the resident's evaluation.

Educational Leave

All residents should discuss their plans for educational leave with the program director at least one month in advance of the leave. The program director must review and approve the educational content of the plan before approving any educational leave. Missed on-call assignment will be rescheduled. The resident is expected to work this out with the site supervisor and Chief Resident.

Residents may be required to present a report on the relevant educational material gathered after returning from leave.