Exhibit A
Benefits
Effective Date:    December 23, 2011
Note:    All benefits and perquisites are provided by the State of Illinois and University of Illinois consistent with University policy and applicable State and Federal law.  Complete Plan Descriptions are available through the University Benefit Center.
a. Vacation leave of 20 working days per year, accruable only within current residency program, plus University-designated holidays.  Program Director retains the right to schedule vacation. There is no terminal payment for unused vacation.
b. Sick leave of 24 calendar days per year, accruable only within the current residency program.  Sick leave may be used for illness, injury, or to obtain medical or dental treatment for the resident, spouse, or child.  Paid maternity or paternity leave is available as a combination of sick and vacation leave.  Residents with at least twelve months of University employment can take up to a total of twelve consecutive weeks of unpaid leave for personal or family illness, or for the birth or adoption of a child.  Vacation time and/or sick time (as appropriate) can be used for a portion of this leave.
c. Leave from the program for personal reasons will be first credited as vacation time. Additional unpaid time off must be approved by the Program Director, who may request relevant documentation to substantiate the reason for the leave.  Regardless of the reason for taking leave, the resident's completion date may be delayed in order to fulfill time requirements for the specific Board certification.   It is the responsibility of the Program Director to determine if the leave time will affect the requirements of the individual Specialty Board and/or program, and if additional time will be required to advance in or complete the program. Military leave will be granted consistent with applicable law and University policy.
d. Reasonable time for paid leave for attendance at conferences, workshops, or other professional educational activities, scheduled with the approval of the Program Director. Reimbursement of costs for attending functions or for other educational activities is negotiable with the Program Director.
e. Health insurance is provided to the individual resident at nominal cost.  Family health insurance coverage is payable by the resident, and the charge above that paid for single coverage is reimbursed up to the amount set by the GME Operating Committee through an additional stipend paid by the University to the resident.  Dental plans are also available at nominal cost for individuals and families.
f. Eligibility for participation in the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS) is based on State and Federal law.  All eligible residents must participate.  Employee contributions, plus interest earned, can be withdrawn when the resident leaves the University.  All SURS residents must also pay a 1.45% Medicare tax.
g. Residents are provided with long-term disability income protection, which covers a portion of the resident's stipend  for any period during which the resident cannot work because of illness or accident, following a 90 day waiting period.  Participation in the disability income plans is mandatory; optional features are available from the carrier at reasonable cost.  The plan allows conversion to an individual policy upon termination from the residency training program.
h. Life insurance benefit of one year's stipend is provided without cost to the resident.
i. Other benefits not mentioned here, including, but not limited to, dependent care, tax deferred annuities, and tuition waiver, are provided consistent with University plans.
j. All residents are covered for professional liability insurance through the University Risk Management and Self-Insurance program or through individual affiliated institution plans while performing duties directly related to their educational programs.
k. All affiliated institutions provide meals and sleeping facilities for residents rotating on night and weekend call.
l. Coats and scrub suits are issued and laundered free of charge to all residents, and remain the property of the University.
m. Policies regarding Physician Impairment, including substance abuse, are contained in Policy #19 of the UIC COM GME Policy and Procedure Manual.
n. Residents may use the Employee Assistance Services for counseling and referral services through the Human Resources Office.  Residents may receive assistance for psychological, legal, financial, substance abuse or family related problems.