Clinical Psychology Internship benefits
The internship begins on July 1 and terminates on June 30 of the following year. Interns are authorized three weeks of vacation per year. Vacations must be scheduled sufficiently in advance to allow for adequate planning for clinical coverage of interns' responsibilities. The amount of vacation that can be taken at any one time shall be determined by the Internship Director and the intern's primary supervisor. No vacation will be authorized during the final two weeks of the internship, i.e., after June 15 of the training year.
Sick leave may be authorized with full pay and benefits for a period not to exceed four weeks. The granting of educational leave shall be at the discretion of the Internship Director. Leave time should be roughly divided equally between your two rotation sites. Leave is on a use-or-lose basis - unused leave is not financially reimbursed.
Professional development fund
Each intern is allotted $400 for the year for professional development activities to include purchasing books, attending conferences and/or obtaining other educational materials.
Eastern Virginia Medical School provides short-term emergency loans for GME trainees. Psychology interns are eligible for up to $500 in emergency loan funds. The conditions of the loan are as follows: No interest will be charged on the loan; loans will be repaid within 90 days by way of automatic payroll deductions of one-third of the full loan amount; and an intern may request no more than three emergency loans during any one academic year. Loan needs for larger monetary amounts or longer periods of time require the intern to seek other resources.
To request an emergency loan, the intern must complete an Emergency Loan Agreement, and the agreement must be signed by the Program Director or Chair of the department. Loans will not be approved without a completed Emergency Loan Agreement form. Loans will also be contingent upon the availability of funds within the Emergency Loan Fund ($5,000).
Parking is provided free of charge to all graduate medical education trainees on the Eastern Virginia Medical Center complex and at all affiliated off-campus teaching institutions. EVMS will supply parking stickers to be adhered to the vehicle for two vehicles per full-time trainee.
Each intern is assigned office space in affiliation with their major rotation. Office space is also available at EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Hofheimer Hall for outpatient psychotherapy activities. A scheduling book is used to ensure that an intern has access to the required office space for regularly scheduled appointments.
Interns have full access to all services at the Brickell Medical Sciences Library. These services include online computer literature searches (e.g., PSYCHSCAN, MEDLINE, CLINPSYCH), access to issues of all major journals available at the library and photocopying. The library maintains an excellent interlibrary loan system for volumes and materials not available at EVMS.
Computer/copier equipment and usage
Computer resources at EVMS are available to interns for access to electronic health records, web access, email communication and the analysis of data. Computer consultants are available to provide assistance as needed. EVMS uses the standard statistical analysis PC packages including SAS and SPSS. Three computers are located in the internship office for use, and computers are available in the Brickell Library as well. Computers are also available in each of the outpatient-training-clinic therapy rooms to access the electronic health records of patients. In addition, laptop computers are available for checkout through the internship administrator. Support staff computers and printers are off-limits.
A copy machine is located in the department's copy-room/mailroom, and there is a high-speed copier located in the main mailroom on the 7th floor.
The boards of individual specialties may have specific requirements for the amount of time spent in a training program. If an extended leave of absence, for any reason, is necessary, the trainee should discuss the effect of the leave on the requirements and duration of the training program.
Vacation: Three weeks (15 scheduled workdays) of paid vacation per academic year are provided. Vacation requests must receive approval in advance from the program director, and trainees should check with the program director regarding program-specific policies. Vacation requests will not be approved during the first week of July or last week of June. The number of vacation days will be prorated if the GME trainee's start date is other than July 1.
Sick Leave: Sick leave may be authorized with full pay and benefits for a period not to exceed four weeks. Extended leaves require documentation from the treating physician. The number of sick days will be prorated if the GME trainee's start date is other than July 1.
Maternity Leave: Leave is provided through a combination of sick leave and vacation leave.
Paternity/Adoption Leave: Leave is provided through the use of vacation leave.
Holidays: Graduate Medical Education trainees are responsible for the clinical care of the patients within the educational program. To this end, trainees are not afforded the standard institutional holidays. The education committee of each individual training program has a set policy, which guides the provision of national, state and religious holidays.
Educational Leave: Subject to approval by the program director.
Dental Insurance: A dental insurance policy is available to trainees. The premium is the responsibility of the trainee.
Health Insurance: Trainees are provided group health insurance. The institution offers several policy options, and the trainees are covered for the lowest premium option at no cost. If the trainee chooses a more expensive policy or wishes to add a spouse or dependent children, the cost of the coverage selected will be the responsibility of the GME trainee.
Life Insurance: GME trainees receive one times their base stipend in group term life insurance at no cost. Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance is available at full cost to the GME trainee.
Long-Term Disability Insurance: EVMS provides group long-term disability insurance at no cost to the GME trainee. Once approved by the insurance carrier, the benefit is 60% of monthly base stipend after a 6-month waiting period. Supplemental long-term disability is available at full cost to the GME trainee.
Professional Liability Insurance: The institution provides professional liability insurance covering medical activities clearly defined within the scope of the training program at no cost to the trainee. Activities outside the program are not covered by the profession liability insurance provided to trainees of Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Retirement: Eastern Virginia Medical School offers numerous retirement plan options. GME trainees are eligible to start their own contributions at any time. GME trainees are not eligible for company contributions.
- TIAA currently offers numerous equity funds, money market accounts and a fixed rate of return fund.
Short-Term Disability Insurance: EVMS provides group short-term disability at no cost to the GME trainee. Once approved, the benefit provides 100% of monthly base stipend after a 14-day elimination period, and all paid leave has been exhausted.
Vision: Voluntary vision coverage is available to GME trainees. The cost of the coverage selected will be the responsibility of the GME trainee.
Benefit rates and enrollment
Medical, dental and vision insurance rates are subject to change on July 1. Any changes in rates will be reflected in June stipend checks.
EVMS has negotiated discounts for faculty, staff and trainees. Current residents and fellows can access a list of these discounts in myPortal.