Preventative Care and Personal Days

There are separate provisions for a Preventative Care day and a Personal day.

You must make "reasonable efforts" when requesting time off for a Preventative Care appointment to find a colleague to cover for you because this may be a half day or lesser increment of time that you are needing. Perhaps you need to arrive late or leave early on a given day.  We want you to have that flexibility and typically, a colleague can cover for you.  

You are NOT required to make reasonable efforts to find someone to cover for you if you are requesting a personal day.  Obviously, it would be quite helpful if you found someone to trade with, but someone from the jeopardy pool would need to be activated to cover the absence if other arrangements can't be made. The language from the CBA is pasted below.  



A House Officer who has a preventive medical or dental appointment, shall receive paid time off, not exceeding eight (8) hours per year. Preventative Care time is intended to be taken in full or half day increments. However, Preventative Care time may also be taken in increments of less than a half day to accommodate a late arrival or early departure for the purpose of attending a preventative appointment. The House Officer must provide their Program Director with at least thirty (30) days advance notice of the need to take Preventative Care time, on a form provided by the Employer. A House Officer will make reasonable efforts to provide notice to the program and assist the program in securing coverage for any assigned duties.


In addition, a House Officer shall receive one (1) Personal Day per program year, which may be used for any personal need, including medical, dental, or mental health appointments. Personal Days may be used in full or half day increments, but nothing less. The House Officer must give their Program Director at least thirty (30) days advance notice of the need to take a Personal Day, on a form provided by the Employer.


Unused Preventative Care and Personal Days shall not be carried over from program year to program year, and shall not be available to use to offset deficits in training due to leaves of absence or other reasons.