Clinical Lecturer Offer Letter Checklist
What should my offer letter look like? Do I need COBRA?
Below is from the University's website on recruiting. Many of you call the HOA office with questions about becoming a clinical lecturer as a way to extend your employment with the University.
Being appointed as a clinical lecturer is a change in your appointment status. As a house officer you are a clinical program trainee. If you accept an appointment as a clinical lecturer, you are simply changing appointments and should not require the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for continuation of healthcare coverage.
COBRA requires continuation coverage to be offered to covered employees, their spouses, former spouses, and dependent children when group health coverage would otherwise be lost due to certain specific events. COBRA continuation coverage is often more expensive than the amount that active employees are required to pay for group health coverage, since the University pays for 70 percent of your coverage.
Once you sign the offer letter and return it, it's considered a binding contract.