For full details about these policies, as well as many others, please see our Resident Handbook (DOC).

Conference Travel Policy

If a resident is first-author or oral presenter of an accepted paper or poster at a national or sectional society meeting for Duke related work, the Division will support the resident’s attendance at that meeting. All manuscript/poster submissions must be reviewed and pre-approved by the resident mentor/advisor and the resident research director (Dr. Lee) prior to submission to a journal or conference selection committee.

Faculty Supervision Policy

The goal of our educational program is to provide an environment that allows for the full development of skills. This requires a balance between observation and performance both in the operating room, on the ward, and in the outpatient setting. This balance is determined by the individual attending, the resident’s skills, and patient preferences. It is expected that during this program a graduated process of supervised performance will occur in accordance with the resident’s PGY level, experience and abilities.

Vacation Policy

Residents may receive to 20 days, Monday through Friday, of vacation time during one academic year. This time is provided at the discretion of the faculty and is subject to review and change.

Extended Leave of Absence Policy

Maternity and paternity leave will be granted based on Duke University and Federal Government FMLA Policies. Maternity and paternity leave must be coordinated through the program director and the GME Office. Paid FMLA leave may be granted for up to 84 days (seven days a week, including weekends and holidays) in a rolling calendar year for a qualifying FMLA condition. A resident is also entitled to military leave and military family leave as per federal regulations. Leave of any type may result in the extension of the Resident’s training in order to meet RRC and ABOto guidelines. Leave policy is subject to change without notice.