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Stipends & Benefits

The RESIDENT/FELLOW agrees to undergo a physical examination which includes drug screening as well as screening for nicotine product use before the beginning date of the Contract with the results reported promptly to the residency director. It is agreed that final acceptance of the RESIDENT/FELLOW and continuation in the program is contingent upon the results of such examination being satisfactory to the residency director and the SYSTEM. Any future or further medical examinations are at the sole discretion of the residency director, and the RESIDENT/FELLOW agrees to undergo these examinations as requested. It is understood and agreed that a breach of this provision shall result in immediate termination from the residency program.

Stipends - Academic Year 2016-2017

Sample Resident Contract (PDF format)

The rate of resident stipends at Summa Health System is determined by the postgraduate year level of training. Stipend rates for the 2015-2016 academic year are as follows:

Level of Training Annual Salary Hourly Rate





$54,461 $26.18





           $57,397                       $27.60           


$59,406            $28.56           


           $60,863                       $29.26           


$62,762            $30.17           


$64,582            $31.05           

Media Services

Summa’s Media Services Department is located in the Professional Center South on the Akron City campus. The department is a modern facility staffed with experienced personnel. A medical illustrator assists with preparation of research posters and scholarly publications. A/V support for conferences is readily available through the department. Services are available Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. For A/V support requests you may email us at

Adult Day Care Services

Summa Health System is pleased to provide subsidized Adult Day Care Services for house staff who may benefit from such a program for a parent, parent-in-law, grandparent or grandparent-in-law. Services are available through Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital’s New Horizon Adult Day Services Program. The cost of care when provided during the regular shift of the employee is subsidized.


Each resident is provided a pager at the beginning of training. This pager becomes the responsibility of the resident for the duration of the residency, and must be returned upon completion of training.

Sick Child Care

Summa Health System provides a subsidized Sick Child Care Benefit through the Sick Child Care Center at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron. The Sick Child Care Center provides a quiet, safe place for mildly ill children to stay while their parents are working. Children newborn through 16 who have mild, acute illnesses are eligible for sick child care.

Acute childhood illnesses include infectious ailments such as intestinal flu, chicken pox or colds. The Center is open 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Summa will subsidize the cost of care when care is provided during the regular scheduled shift of the employee.

Vacations & Conferences


Summa Health System’s benefits package includes three weeks of vacation per year for each resident. Unused vacation time may not be carried over to the following academic year. Residents are permitted to take vacation or conference time in June and July only as staffing needs allow, and in accordance with the guidelines of the specific department in which the resident is rotating.


Summa Health System usually permits each resident to attend one educational conference per year. This decision is based on departmental requirements, and is subject to approval by the residency director. Travel for educational purposes is limited to locations within the continental United States.

House Staff Spouses' Club

The House Staff Spouses’ Club is an organization consisting of present and future spouses or domestic partners of the resident staff. Members are encouraged to participate in hospital functions and a variety of club activities. A newsletter is generated to keep all members informed of current hospital, community, and special events.

On-Call Quarters

On-call quarters are provided on each campus for use by residents for nights of scheduled duty in the System.

A lounge and recreation area are also included. This includes a kitchen that is stocked daily with a variety of foods. The recreation lounge includes a pool table, ping-pong table, piano, DVD player, televisions, fitness center, and a computer terminal for accessing electronic medical records.

Lockers are available for the house staff and medical students in the call suites

Food Allowance

A food allowance for residents while on duty is provided by the Office of Medical Education.

Relocation Assistance

Relocation Services

We have connections with local realty companies to assist in renting or buying. We also offer an internal network of housing opportunities provided by current hospital staff as well as a forum for residents to communicate and network prior to residency training.

Relocation Allowance

Should the relocation from medical school to Summa Health System involve a financial hardship, incoming residents/fellows may apply for an interest room relocation loan up to $1,000 to assist in covering relocation expenses. Repayment of this loan is accomplished through payroll deduction of $50 per pay during the first year’s stipend.


The following is to serve as an overview only. Actual summary plan descriptions should be consulted for detailed information.

Group Health Insurance Plan

Summa Health System offers group health benefits to each house staff physician and eligible dependents, effective immediately upon employment. Eligible dependents include spouse and dependent children up to age 26.

Dental Insurance

Dental insurance for house staff physicians and dependents is effective immediately on the first day of employment.

Long-Term Disability Insurance Plan

Summa Health System provides a long-term disability plan for house staff physicians which becomes effective the first day of the month in which employment is begun. This benefit will begin following 180 days of total disability in the amount of 60% of base earnings during the first 24 months of disability, and then up to 80% thereafter, if certain criteria are met—but  not to exceed $5,000 per month. This monthly benefit will be reduced by benefits received under Social Security, Workers’ Compensation, or other group plans.

Health Care Flexible Spending Account

This account reimburses you for medical expenses not covered by insurance.

On-The-Job Injury

Should a resident sustain a job-related injury at Summa Health System, he/she is protected by provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Law.

Life Insurance

A life insurance program covering house staff physicians becomes effective immediately on the first day of employment. Group term life insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance in the amount of one times annual salary (up to $50,000 for each), are provided by the System. Residents may purchase additional life insurance.

Dependent Life Insurance

Residents may elect to purchase this coverage for a spouse and any dependent children. Coverage starts on the first day of employment.

Vision Care

The SummaCare medical plans allows for partial reimbursement for the cost of routine vision care for residents and their dependents.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

If you need to pay for the care of a dependent while in training, you have the opportunity to use pre-tax dollars to pay for that care.

Health Spa Membership

The system provides financial support for all house staff to participate in a health club designated by the system, and based upon the resident’s interest. This is a taxable benefit. A resident may opt out of the health club participation.

Leave of Absence

Medical Leave

Medical leave is granted in accordance with the Administrative Policy Manual and House Staff Manual. These policies may be obtained in the Office of Medical Education.

Personal Leave

Summa Health System grants unpaid personal leave of absence in accordance with the needs of the resident and the affected department. These policies are contained in the Administrative Policy Manual and House Staff Manual. These policies may be obtained in the Office of Medical Education.

Family Leave

Summa Health System policies are consistent with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, a copy of which may be obtained from the Office of Human Resources.

White Coats & Laundry

Summa Health System furnishes three white coats for each resident. Clean coats can be obtained by returning soiled ones to the laundry. Minor alterations or repairs are handled by the laundry. Personal laundry is the responsibility of each resident.

Shuttle Service

Two shuttle buses provide door-to-door service between Akron City Hospital and St. Thomas Hospital. Shuttle service is available Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All shuttles are equipped with telephones.

Graduate Medical Education Policies and Procedures Manual 2015-2016