Memorandum of Understanding
New language added to your contract.
The HOA and the Employer have entered into the attached Memorandum of Understanding regarding time off from training for any reason. Vacation, serious illness, paid and unpaid leaves of absence, are all separately negotiated benefits in the UM-HOA Agreement, and regarded as mandatory subjects of collective bargaining.
To further clarify, these benefits are entitlements, and not requirements, as such, a resident may forgo vacation in any appointment year to align with time away from training policies established by a national accrediting body, which may be averaged over a multi-year period for some specialties.
While you are encouraged to take time off, it is not mandatory. Each of you must decide for yourselves what is in your best interest. This information will be communicated to your Program Directors and Program Coordinators sometime this week.