Resident Benefits

In addition to the salary and  benefits afforded all UVA Housestaff, the Department offers additional benefits for residents. The following are determined and granted by the department.


MonticelloEach resident receives 3 weeks (at minimum 15 days) of vacation per year, in addition to some time at the year end holidays, which will vary from year to year depending on the resident compliment and calendar. PGY-1 and PGY-2 vacations are taken in 1-week long increments. Each resident can choose to take one 2-week vacation within the first 2 years and again within the latter 2 years if preferred. Vacation cannot be carried forward.

Book/Conference Stipend

The department provides a number of texts appropriate for each level of training.  In addition, for the PGY-3 & 4 years, there is a stipend that can be used to off-set the cost of attending an educational conference or for study materials.  In the PGY 2-4 years, the Department pays the membership fees for residents to join the APA (the first year of membership is free).  The text list is reviewed annually.

PGY-1: Books

PGY-2 : Books and APA Membership

PGY-3: Books,  conference stipend, and APA Membership

PGY-4: APA Membership and conference/book stipend

Conference Time

PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents can request conference time to attend meetings where they are invited to present. These requests will be reviewed but are not guaranteed.

resident with posterEach resident in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 year will be granted up to 5 working days to attend educational and/or professional conferences. Additional days will be considered if a resident is presenting at a conference.

In the PGY-3 year, all residents attend the Psychiatric Society of Virginia (PSV) annual conference and the annual American Psychiatric Association conference. In years past, PGY-3&4 residents have also attended the Academy of Consultation-Liason Psychiatry (ACLP) annual conference, American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) annual conference and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) annual conference among others.

The Department is committed to supporting residents’ academic scholarly  activity and as a result, has dedicated funds annually to support the travel of resident physicians who are presenting their work at conferences or educational venues.  Residents can apply to receive a grant from these dedicated educational funds to support costs of presenting at conferences.

Educational Leave

Residents who are elected or appointed to state or national medical organization leadership roles are granted educational leave to attend annual meetings and conferences.