What are the stipends and benefits?
Visit the Henry Ford GME office page for more information for applicants.
How much vacation time are residents given?
Each resident receives 22 working days of paid time off (PTO) per academic year.
Do residents have paid time-off for conferences?
Yes. PGY 3 and PGY 4 residents may take off up to 5 days per year for educational conferences. Other PGY levels are supported when presenting as well.
Do residents receive a stipend for books, conferences and other educational expenses?
Yes. Discretionary funds are available for education-related expenses to further development as physicians while in the training program. The Professional Development Fund must be used within the specified academic year.
Are there opportunities for residents to teach?
Yes. Residents participate in a formal Teaching to Teach Program and teach informally as well.
Do residents participate in improving the residency program?
Yes. Our Program is just that - Our Program. We work collaboratively to make positive changes. Additionally, we encourage residents to speak out in order to effect positive change. There are formal opportunities for residents to learn about Quality Improvement processes, and even apply what they've learned on a QI project. This can directly involve the Residency Program. Residents are given multiple opportunities for providing feedback and participating in program change. Monthly resident meetings are held to discuss rotation improvement needs. An annual Resident Retreat allows residents protected time to systematically review the residency. While Anonymous Psound-Off affords total anonymity for sharing concerns. Near weekly interactions (both formal and informal) between the Program Director and the residents enhance collegiality and encourage a collaborative environment that supports positive, continuous change.
Do residents participate in Quality Improvement(QI)?
Yes. Henry Ford Health System is a recognized center of quality improvement work. Our own Department has won awards for this. Perfect Depression Care and the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Programs are two examples. A formal QI course occurs yearly. A combination of didactics, workshop sessions, Open School electronic self-study curriculum and personal mentoring through a group QI project, all serve to prepare trainees for the future landscape of medicine, where physicians will be expected to participate in QI activities. In addition, residents have a unique opportunity to participate in Tap Root Analysis sessions, where QI professionals assist in examining every aspect of sentinel events. During these sessions we critically appraise processes for the purpose of reducing future risk.
Do residents participate in community events?
Yes. There are plenty of formal opportunities through the Health System, the House Staff Council and the Department. These are great ways to connect with and build social community with like-minded colleagues and community members.
Are residents involved in recruitment?
Yes. Residents are asked to participate in the recruitment process and provide feedback which is critical in the selection process. Residents host dinners the evening before interview days, tour candidates through the Hospital and have a chance to informally address concerns and questions. Additionally, residents participate in ranking candidates.
What kind of reference resources do residents have access to?
24-hour remote access is granted to the Sladen Library System. Through Sladen, residents have unrestricted access to Up-To-Date, Clinical Pharmacology, StatRef!, OVID, journals, textbooks and multiple other resources. Journals and textbooks are also available through Psychiatry Online. Additionally, the medical education department employs staff to assist with resident-driven research and publications. This support is extended for assistance with case reports, grand rounds and journal club presentations as well.