Salary and Benefits

House Officer Pay Scale

2021-2022 House Officer Pay Scale


AnnualMonthlySemi-MonthlyHourly
HO 1$54,815.24$4,567.94$2,283.97$18.77
HO 2$56,652.73$4,721.06$2,360.53$19.40
HO 3$58,591.18$4,882.60$2,441.30$20.07
HO 4$60,850.62$5,070.88$2,535.44$20.84
HO 5$63,424.25$5,285.35$2,642.68$21.72
HO 6$66,173.68$5,514.47$2,757.24$22.66
HO 7$66,173.68$5,514.47$2,757.24$22.66
Updated 7/20/2021

House Officer Benefits

Leave

Vacation

PGY 1 -  21 days (including weekends) of non-cumulative vacation leave per year.

PGY 2 and above - 28 days (including weekends) of non-cumulative vacation leave per year.

Sick

14 days (including weekends) of paid sick leave per year.

Educational Leave

House Officers are permitted five (5) days (including weekends) of educational leave to attend or present at medical meetings.

Maternity / Paternity

In order to receive paid maternity leave, House Officers must utilize available vacation leave and sick leave. Paid and unpaid maternity leave for up to six (6) weeks or extended unpaid maternity leave may be granted by the Department Heads as appropriate and as required by applicable law. House Officers wishing to receive paid paternity leave must utilize available vacation leave. Under special circumstances and/or as required by applicable law, extended leave without pay may be granted.

Military Leave

If called to active duty, House Officers are permitted fifteen (15) days (including weekends) of paid military leave. Additional or other military leave, paid or unpaid, will be granted in accordance with applicable law.

Family Leave

House Officers who have worked for the School of Medicine for twelve (12) months and 1,250 hours in the previous twelve (12) months, may be eligible for up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in each twelve (12) month period, in accordance with the requirements of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). See the FMLA information on the LSUHSC website. https://www.lsuhsc.edu/administration/hrm/relations-fmla.aspx

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence may be granted subject to Program Director approval and as may be required by applicable law for illness extending beyond available sick leave and vacation leave; for academic remediation; to address licensing problems; and/or for family or personal emergencies. To the extent that such leave exceeds available vacation and/or sick leave, any leave granted will be without pay. The House Officer will make arrangements to make up missed training with the Program Director in accordance with the requirements of the Board of the effective specialty.

Health Insurance

House Officers are eligible to enroll in the state employees' health insurance or state managed health care options (HMO's etc.) through Employee Benefits (504-568-7780), or LSU Health Sciences Center student/resident health insurance Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., 235 Highland Drive, Suite 200, Baton Rouge LA 70810, contact: Phone 225-292-3515 or Fax 225-296-3998. If desired, other health insurance may be chosen and must be paid for individually by the House Officer. A House Officer agrees to maintain one of these plans or another plan with equal or better benefits.

Additional information about health insurance plans is available in the  Benefits Guide for House Officers.

Disability Insurance

The Graduate Medical Education Office provides the opportunity for House Officers to participate in group Long-term basic disability coverage /insurance. LSU Health Sciences Center provides disability insurance for all residents. Additional personal policies may be purchased at the discretion of House Officers based on their perceived need. Counseling by third-party insurance brokers regarding additional coverage is offered to House Officers.

Malpractice Insurance

The State of Louisiana provides professional liability coverage pursuant to LSA-R.S. LSA-R.S. 40:1237.1 et seq. to House Officers when acting within the course and scope of their training under the supervision of a health care facility to which they are assigned as part of their prescribed training, regardless of where the services are performed. However, House Officers assigned to a health care facility outside the state of Louisiana may be required to provide additional professional liability coverage with indemnity limits set by the House Officer's Program Director.

House Officers are not provided professional liability coverage under LSA-R.S. 40:1237.1 et seq. when engaging in ANY professional activities outside the scope of the House Officer Program. All professional liability matters should be directed to the Vice Chancellor of Community and Multicultural Affairs (504-568-4810).

Other Insurance

The following other types of other insurance are also available:

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Accident Protection

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Critical Illness

  • Long Term Care

  • Long Term Disability

  • Identity Theft

  • Term Life

Additional information about these insurance plans is available in the  Benefits Guide for House Officers.

Retirement

Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code allows employees of government and non-profit agencies to participate in a Deferred Compensation Plan. All house officers are eligible to participate in the Louisiana Deferred Compensation Program in lieu of Social Security. When choosing this option, 7.5% of the house officer’s gross monthly income is deducted pre-tax for contribution to Louisiana Deferred Compensation. Upon exiting state service, the balance may be withdrawn, without penalty, or transferred to another retirement account.

House Staff Association

The mission of the LSUHSC New Orleans Housestaff Association is to advocate for all members of the house staff. The association protects the rights of all house staff and ensures that they are represented in institutional and administrative decisions. All house officers are invited to join.

Educational / Professional

Professional Meetings

Med/Peds PGY-4 may attend one major pediatrics meeting approved by the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics: for example, the annual American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) meeting. Five educational days are available per year of residency.

Educational Stipend

An annual stipend of $250 is allotted for Med/Peds residents in their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years. If PGY-4 residents choose not to attend a national meeting, they receive a stipend of $500 for purchasing books in lieu of the meeting.

NMPRA Membership

All of our Med/Peds residents are officially members of the National Med/Peds Resident Association free of charge. We also have an LSU NMPRA resident representative selected annually to serve as liaison for our institution.

Other Memberships

Membership in the AAP is provided to all residents and includes major publications (e.g., The Red Book) and subscriptions to PREP and PEDIATRICS. Membership in the Southern Medical Association is also provided to all residents at no cost. Residents can join the American College of Physicians (ACP) for a small fee and subsequently receive the medical knowledge self-assessment program (MKSAP) for free during their residency.

Miscellaneous

Residents receive a lab coat and beepers at no cost. They are eligible for membership in the LSU Credit Union, which has two campus locations.

LSUHSC's main library provides residents with access to an extensive collection of books, monographs, and journals, and residents also have full circulation privileges at the Tulane University Medical Center Library, located next to LSUHSC.

Free access to MD Consult is available via the library website. Free access to UpToDate is available at all hospitals, and a personal subscription to UpToDate is available to residents as well.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) courses and certification are provided at no cost. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) courses are offered at a reduced rate.

Residents at University Medical Center New Orleans, Touro Hospital, and Children's Hospital receive $50-100/month for food depending on the rotation. Free food is available Ochsner Kenner Hospital through the doctor's lounge.

Free access for residents and their spouses and children age 16 and over is provided to The Wellness Center, which offers weight machines and free yoga, spinning, and tai chi classes. This facility is located near the main LSU campus. On-site massage therapy and personal training is available at reasonable rates. There are also gyms located in University Medical Center and Touro Hospital at no cost to residents.