When visiting the HO Lounge, some things to consider...
The House Officer's Lounge is a space originally bargained for during contract negotiations many years ago. It is included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and was designed as a space where HO's could gather and relax, watch television, grab a cup of coffee and discuss issues of interest, including patient care, in a secure environment.
Today, the lounge has morphed into a multi-functional space with 12 computer work stations - each with telephone, 2 LaserJet printers, break tables, a hot beverage station, HD television, massage chair, and couches. The lounge is a lunch and break-destination for many HO's. It is typically frequented by HO's assigned to consult services.
The "HO Lounge," as it's referred to by many, doesn't replace your team rooms or the responsibility the University has, through your program, to provide you with adequate resources. The House Officers Association manages the lounge, and generally maintains the space. Although we receive funding through the Joint Operations Committee of $4,000 per year for printing supplies, all other financial support of the space is paid for with house officer dues.
Supplies are coordinated through the HOA on a bi-weekly basis. Unavailability of products, consumption of products, budget limitations, and varied delivery schedules, may result in not having whatever you are looking for.
The HO Lounge is for the exclusive use of the House Staff. This excludes medical students, who do not have access to the space. However, for educational purposes, from time-to-time, medical students will be allowed in the space when accompanied by a house officer.
Items left unattended in the lounge will be taken to the "Lost and Found" on the 1st floor of UH after 2 or 3 days. Please, DO NOT leave medical supplies in the HO Lounge. Environmental Services will not maintain the space when this occurs.
The HOA Executive Director, Robin Tarter, can be found in the office adjacent to the lounge and is also a Notary Public, should you have a need for that service. Questions or concerns regarding the HO Lounge should be directed to Robin.