Salaries offered for first-year fellow/instructorships in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine of the University of Maryland School of Medicine start at $58,571/year in 2011.
Malpractice insurance is paid for fellows, and group health insurance is offered at a reasonable cost, with a portion of the premium paid by the university. The medical liability policy covering all University of Maryland faculty does not cover faculty or fellows while moonlighting. Full-time faculty, fellows, and residents in all departments are covered only while on an officially assigned duty (i.e., in the University of Maryland Medical System and its affiliated sites, Baltimore VA, Children's and Family Health Center, and Faculty Foundation Building).
Twenty-two working days (inc. 5 academic meeting/professional development days) are allowed for a fellow's vacation, the timing of which is arranged with division and section chiefs. Five of these 22 working days of vacation may be scheduled for the last week of June, to allow time for departing fellows to move. The 2 weeks before January 2 are usually low points in hospital census and routine outpatient utilization. Faculty and fellows usually work at half staff while maintaining full service during this period, which results in an additional 4–5 working days of vacation time per fellow. No more than 1 of any pair of fellows on a service may be away simultaneously. Vacations cannot be taken during the written or oral American Board of Radiology examinations, the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Christmas–New Year period, or the first week of the academic year. Fellows in most sections receive an academic allowance of $1,500.
Research by fellows is encouraged, and additional days of academic leave and financial support may be granted for fellows who present original scientific papers that they have authored and that will be submitted for peer-reviewed publication.
Additional time (working days) for job hunting, relocation, or moonlighting is not provided; such time is counted as vacation time or unpaid leave.
The Maryland Radiological Society (MRS), featuring nationally prominent speakers, meets biannually and focuses on a specific area of radiology. The MRS provides a featured section for residents and fellows in training, including information on the job market.
To obtain certification for their training, fellows are expected to complete the entire 52 weeks of their appointments (with the exceptions outlined above).