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Salaries & Benefits

Graduate Medical Education
Benefits Overview 2015-2016

All benefits are subject to change pending review either on an annual basis or on an as needed basis.

2015-2016 Salaries

PGY1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $54,041
PGY2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $56,281
PGY3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $58,521
PGY4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60,481
PGY5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $62,720
PGY6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $64,681
PGY7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $68,321
PGY8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $71,402

On average, yearly salary increases range from 3% to 5%.


Twenty working days of vacation are allowed annually. Vacation time cannot be carried over into the next year.

Sick Leave

There is a maximum of fifteen sick days per year. Unused sick leave is not carried over into the next year.

Educational Leave

Seven days (five weekdays and one weekend) of educational leave is provided to House Staff Physicians beyond their first year of training. Educational leave is in addition to vacation leave. Funding availability is determined at the program level.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Annual membership dues for the APA are paid by the program.  Membership in the APA offers a full array of benefits for Resident-Fellow members (RFMs).

Basic & Advanced Cardiac Life Support Courses

BCLS and ACLS certification is required of all House Staff Physicians, and are provided at no charge to the House Staff Physicians.

The costs of books are the responsibility of the House Staff Physician.

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Bookstore Discount

The House Staff Physician receives a ten percent discount on books and other items at the University’s Bookstore located on campus. Creighton University Bookstore  |  UNMC Bookstore

Cellular Phone Discount

The House Staff Physicians are eligible to receive the corporate discount rate given to University employees to purchase a cellular phone and air time through Verizon.

Child Care Center

James R. Russell Child Development CenerThe James R. Russell Child Development Center is located on the Creighton campus. The Child Care Center is open to children six weeks to five years of age. The Center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the exception of University holidays.  Visit ther Website for additional information.

Health Sciences Library

The Creighton Health Sciences Library and Learning Resources Center provides provides immediate access to biomedical information. Such services include a state-of-the-art computer lab and on-line electronic information available 24 hours a day. For more information, visit the Library's Website

Insurance Information

- Health, Vision, Dental, Disability, Payflex, Employee Assistance Program, Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment -

Current benefit coverage is provided as part of the House Staff Agreement (Contract) reference Exhibit A of the Agreement. The University’s annual benefit review is conducted on a calendar year basis.

- Liability Insurance (Malpractice) -

The University provides liability insurance (malpractice) for the House Staff Physicians in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000. The policy is a claims-made policy with an automatic reporting endorsement (tail coverage). In addition to the main insurance, all physicians of Creighton University also participate in the Nebraska Excess Fund. Please see moonlighting section for additional information regarding liability coverage for moonlighting.

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Kiewit Fitness Center (KFC)

Kiewit Fitness CenterKiewit Fitness Center, a top-notch Fitness Center located on the campus of Creighton University, is easily accessible from the Hospital. The House Staff Physician is eligible for half-price membership fee subsidy.  The stipulation to be eligible for this subsidy is the house staff physician must use the facilities a minimum of eight times per month.  In addition to the subsidy offered by the Creighton University Human Resources, the Graduate Medical Education Office will subsidize an additional $40.00 (annually) towards the House Staff Physician’s membership.

Creighton University Medical Center's Fitness Room

Located inside of CUMC Hospital is a Fitness Room that is accessible 24 hours a day. The Fitness Room includes stationary bikes, treadmills, stair-stepper machines, and free weights. There is a nominal annual fee of $20.00 to join.

Laboratory Coats

Three laboratory coats are provided at the beginning of the House Staff Physicians postgraduate training. House Staff may receive one new coat yearly by request and by exchanging a worn coat. Additional coats may be purchased by the House Staff Physician through the Graduate Medical Education Office.

Maternity & Paternity Leave

Maternity and Paternity Leave is granted in accordance with the “Family Medical Leave Act”.

The Parental Leave Policy became effective May 1, 2012.  Birth or adoption events on May 1 or after would be eligible for benefits under the policy.

To be eligible for paid parental leave, the House Staff must have been employed by the University in a benefit-eligible status during the entire 12-month period immediately prior to the birth or adoption of a child.  In the case where both parents are Creighton employees, both are eligible for this leave.

Eligible House Staff will have four (4) weeks of paid leave for birth or adoption.  This time is above and beyond sick and vacation time, which can also be coordinated with the paid parental leave as well as short-term disability benefits.  Parental leave runs concurrent with FMLA time.  This time must be used during the first 12 weeks following the birth or adoption of a child.  For adoptive parents, the leave may begin at the time the employee travels to a destination to obtain the adoptive child.

Meals Allowance

Creighton offers $6.00 per day for meals which can roll over (in the same month) if unused.  A $6.00 per day lunch card is provided for use at the Nebraska Medical Center, weekdays from 11AM to 5PM. Daily funds do not roll over.  At the VA, you are given a lump sum for lunch money each month you are on a full time rotation at the VA which does not roll over. The residents rotating at the Immanuel Medical Center are provided with a meal card that covers breakfast, lunch and dinner at that site, as well as admission to the staff lounge.


House staff physicians are not required to moonlight.

Upon approval and following institutional and program guidelines, house staff physicians beyond their second year of training may moonlight providing they obtain the appropriate permanent State Medical License. With proper authorization, malpractice insurance provided by Creighton University covers house staff moonlighting in the State of Nebraska. Moonlighting outside the State of Nebraska is permissible providing proper authorization is obtained. The house staff physician is responsible for obtaining their own liability coverage for moonlighting performed outside the State of Nebraska. All moonlighting hours are to be logged as part of program duty hours.

Residents/fellows with J1 visas are prohibited from moonlighting. House staff may not moonlight while on sick leave or while on FMLA.


The University has an agreement with affiliated hospitals to provide adequate parking space for the House Staff Physicians at no charge.

Personal Computer Discount

The House Staff Physician may purchase a personal computer, at the educational rate, through the University Purchasing Department vendor Govconnection.  Additional Microsoft Software can be purchased at the educational discount rate through the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) e-Academy store.  In addition, the Creighton Bookstore provides some additional software programs at an educational rate and if requested and available, can special order software upon request.  

Retirement Plan

The House Staff Physician is eligible to defer their own monies into the Creighton University's 403(b) Retirement Plan.  This is a great opportunity to begin a Retirement Savings Plan.  Salary Deferral:  The House Staff Physician taxable income is reduced by the amount you contribute through salary deferral.  This lets you reduce your current income taxes.  Salary deferral contributions cannot exceed 90% of the House Staff Physician salary.  The maximum deferral percentage and/or dollar amount may also be limited by IRS regulations.  The Retirement Plan is administered through Principal.  The House Staff Physician's contribution is automatically deducted from the paycheck on a monthly basis.  The House Staff Physician is eligible to defer into the plan at anytime, you are not restricted to a specific time period.  House Staff Physicians are not eligible for employer matching contributions.


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