Resident Health Policies
Health Assessment
Personal Illness
Universal Precautions
Occupational Injuries, Illness, and Exposures
Inoculations and Referrals
Examinations upon the Request of the Program Director
  
Health Assessment  
Every resident and fellow must have an initial health evaluation performed through the University Health Services  within the first 10 days of employment. Evaluations are conducted during resident orientation sessions for the convenience of the residents, but may be scheduled and completed at any time within the 10 day limit. Health evaluations may be scheduled during the month prior to orientation. (Please note: No resident will be placed on the UIC payroll without clearance from the University Health Services.)
The content of the evaluation is prescribed by the Director, University Health Services.  As of October 2007, this includes:
   Drug screening
   Titer tests for immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella, and subsequent vaccination if any of these is susceptible
   Tuberculosis screen and chest x-ray when indicated
   Titers for Hepatitis B Antigen, Core Antibody, and Surface Antibody, and vaccination where indicated
   Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine as needed
   Respirator fit-testing
Affiliated hospitals can restrict the clinical activities of any resident who has not completed the health assessment.

  
Personal Illness
Each Program Director will establish procedures for Residents calling in ill. Residents must notify the Program Director, chief resident, and anyone else who is directly affected in the event of personal or family illness that causes absence from assigned duties. The Office of the Program Director will maintain records of resident sick and vacation days.
  
Universal Precautions
All affiliated hospitals follow rules established to comply with OSHA regulations regarding employee exposure to blood borne pathogens. Residents must complete a mandatory program in universal precautions, offered through their clinical department.
  
Occupational Injuries, Illness, and Exposures
A resident who is injured,  becomes ill, or is exposed to a toxic or infectious agent as a consequence of performing assigned duties must:
1) Report the incident to their Program Director or chief resident
University regulations require the resident's supervisor to complete an Occupational Injury or Illness form.  The resident should bring the completed form to the University Health Services.
2) Get prompt medical attention  
Report immediately to University Health Services (UHS), E-144, 835 South Wolcott Avenue on weekdays between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm. After clinic hours or off-campus, go immediately to the Emergency Department (ED).
If needed, prophylaxis should be started within 4 hours of the incident in order to be effective. For rapid HIV testing on the source, bring 2 yellow or red tops of source blood to UHS or ED at the time you report the exposure. It can take up to one hour to get the Rapid HIV test results. Do not delay reporting your incident.
3) For needle sticks: fill out the Worker's Compensation Employee's Injury Report
In  order to receive compensation for treatment charges in the event of a needle stick, you must complete a Worker's Compensation Employee's Injury Report available at UHS or from:
UIC Worker's Compensation Office
Suite 206 AOB (Administrative Office Building)
1737 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-7581
Fax: 312-413-1960
  
Inoculations and Referrals
The University Health Services can provide Hepatitis B and influenza vaccinations free of charge to all staff whose duties include patient contact.  
The University Health Services can also provide confidential referrals for personal health needs, including psychiatric counseling.
  
Examinations Upon the Request of the Program Director
To ensure the safety of patients and staff, the University reserves the right to request any resident to undergo a medical examination, which may include physical, psychiatric, and/or laboratory procedures. The resident must comply with such a request within the time limit set by the Program Director.
Any medical expenses that the resident incurs that are not covered by health insurance will be reimbursed through the Office of Graduate Medical Education. Claims for reimbursement must include:
   Original proof of payment (bills marked “paid,” or canceled checks)
   A letter from the resident's Program Director that shows that the examination was done at the Program Director's request.