The terms and conditions of appointment can be found by going to the USA Hospitals Graduate Medical Education webpage and reviewing the sample resident contract and the curremt GME Policy and Procedure Manual. The term "resident" applies to specialty residents and subspecialty fellows.
USA Hospitals ensures that its training programs select from eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. Programs do not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status. Resident selection criteria must confirm to the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) General Requirements.
USA Hospitals ensures that policies and procedures to assure the specific ACGME policies relating to duty hours are successfully implemented and monitored. These policies are summarized, but not limited to, the following:
Work no more than 80 hours per week (7 days) when averaged over 4 weeks
Have 1 day (24 hours) in 7 free of program duties when averaged over 4 weeks
Limit continuous in-house duty for PGY II and above to 24 hours with up to 4 additional hours for transition as described in the ACGME requirements
Have at least 8 hours between all daily duty periods
All residents are required to successfully complete the USMLE Step 2 (CS and CK) or COMLEX Part 2 (CE and PE) examination, as evidenced by obtaining a passing grade for that examination, upon completion of their third month after entering a GME training program at the University of South Alabama Hospitals. All residents are required to successfully complete the USMLE Step 3 examination or COMLEX Part 3 examination, as evidenced by obtaining a passing grade for that examination, upon completion of the sixth month of post-graduate year two (PGY2).
Residents entering a GME program at USA Hospitals who do not already have an Alabama medical license and are not eligible for a full or unrestricted Alabama medical license must apply for a limited Alabama license to practice medicine before completion of the sixth month after the start of their postgraduate training (PGY-1). For example, residents who begin their training on July 1st must have their application submitted for a limited Alabama Medical License by the last Thursday in December for the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners meeting on the 3rd Tuesday in January and a final decision regarding licensure will be made during the meeting of the Alabama Licensing Commission on the 4th Wednesday in January. Once obtained, residents must maintain a current limited license until such time as they become eligible for and obtain an unrestricted (or full) Alabama medical license, or they complete their training program, whichever comes first.
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