The Resident Agreement
Definition of Term: Post Graduate (PG) Level
Signatures
Additional Rules
Exhibits
The Resident Agreement with attachments is the written contract between the University of Illinois and the resident.  No resident  may participate in a residency or fellowship program without a valid in-force Agreement. The original agreement form should be kept in a safe place.
  
Definition of Term: Post Graduate (PG) Level
The PG level designates the training year within a specific residency program in which a resident is enrolled.  PG levels are not automatically cumulative from one specialty to another, except when preliminary postgraduate training is a requirement for the residency program. For example, a resident who joins Diagnostic Radiology usually begins at a PG-2 level because the program requires a year of preliminary training. However, another resident who already has completed three years in Internal Medicine would not necessarily be paid at a fourth year level upon joining the Diagnostic Radiology program. In cases where residents have training beyond the number of years required for a program, the following rule is used:
For stipend purposes, residents may receive up to one additional year's credit over the customary starting level for their new program if they have completed additional years of accredited residency training in a different specialty. Credit for more than one year's training not required for specialty board certification will be given only with the written approval of the Senior Associate Dean, Educational Affairs.
If the records indicate that a resident should have received credit for previous training, the credit will be retroactive to the date of the current Resident Agreement only.
The GME Office also maintains a record of the total years of US graduate medical education for each resident, regardless of the program(s) in which they have been enrolled. Federal reimbursement for graduate medical education is based, among other things, on an individual's total number of residency years. In addition, the duration of visas for most international medical graduates is also based on an individual's total number of residency years, regardless of the particular program(s) in which he or she has participated.
  
Signatures
The following parties must sign the Agreement for it to be valid:
1.
The Program Director
2.
The Resident candidate
3.
The Comptroller and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois or their designees.
  
Additional Rules
The following additional rules apply to Resident Agreements:
   Resident Agreements are only issued by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

   Initial Resident Agreements and are conditioned upon completion of and review of the results of  Criminal Background and Exclusions/Sanctions Checks. Resident Agreement renewals are conditioned upon completion of and review of the results of yearly Exclusions/Sanctions Checks.

   First year postgraduate Resident Agreements are issued according to National Resident Matching Program policy.

   Resident Agreements are written for a specific period of time, which is noted on the Agreements.

   The University may withdraw a Resident Agreement if the applicant does not return a signed Agreement by the date noted on the Agreement.

   Signing a Resident Agreement does not guarantee issuance of a Resident Agreement for the next training period.

   Requests for Resident Agreements that extend beyond completion of the required time in a particular specialty must be individually approved by the Program Director and are subject to availability of training positions.

   The Resident Agreement becomes valid and binding upon all parties (Resident and the University) only when all signatures have been placed on the Agreement and an original of that Agreement has been received by all parties.
  
Exhibits
College of Medicine and College of Dentistry residents should refer to the following to answer questions about these issues:
   Exhibit A, Benefits
College of Medicine residents should refer to the following to answer questions about these issues:
   Exhibit B, Procedures to Appeal Termination, Suspension, Nonrenewal of Medical Residents and Probation
College of Dentistry residents should refer to the following to answer questions about these issues:
   Exhibit  B, Procedures to Appeal Termination, Suspension, Nonrenewal of Dental Residents and Probation
To view the most up-to-date versions of the College of Medicine and College of Dentistry Resident Agreements and Exhibits, select “Resident Agreement” from the GME Office homepage.