Frequently Asked Questions

Residents and Fellows

Many questions may be answered by reviewing the GME Policy and Procedure Manual

Q: With office closures due to COVID 19 remote work plans, when will the GME Office be open?
A: The GME Office in Pav H, HQ 101, is open Monday - Friday from 8am to 4:30 pm, with limited staffing.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about MedHub?
A: Your program coordinator is a great resource.

Q: When will I receive my paycheck?
A: You will receive your monthly pay on the last weekday of the month via direct deposit.

Q: How do I access my pay information?
A: House staff are required to participate in direct deposit. This simply means that pay is deposited directly in a designated bank account each monthly pay period. You may access documentation for every pay period online through myUK Employee-Self Service available by signing on to myUK.

Q: How do I change bank accounts for Direct Deposit?
A: The simplest way to change your Direct Deposit information is through myUK Employee Self-Service “Bank Information” feature.

Q: I received a parking citation, what do I do?
A: If you have questions regarding why you received a citation, you may call the parking office at 859-257-5757. To pay your citation, go to the parking website at www.uky.edu/pts and click on Pay a citation in the upper right corner. Remember, you the permit holder shall be responsible for all parking violations involving vehicles displaying your permit. Please be aware that citations must be paid before you will be issued a new parking permit.

Q: What do I do if I get a needlestick or injured while working?
A: If you experience an injury (needlestick, fall, etc.) on the job, you need to report it immediately to UK Worker’s Care. At any time you are on UK business, whether you are at UK or on a rotation outside of UK and you incur an injury, please assure you call UK Workers Care at 1-800-440-6285.

Q: Must I maintain ACLS (or PALS) certification? Am I able to be reimbursed for recertification?
A: All house staff (with the exception of Optometry, Administrative, Student Fellows, Medical Physics, and Community-based Pharmacy) must be ACLS certified. Pediatrics residents should substitute Pediatrics Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Neonatology fellows should have completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). The certification must be American Heart Association (AHA) accredited - you may contact the GME office if you need local providers for recertification. You are required to maintain certification throughout the duration of your training. The GME office will reimburse you for recertifications (we do not reimburse for the certification you are required to begin training – whether an initial certification or a recertification). You will need to provide a signed copy of your card (front and back), along with a cancelled check or receipt in order to receive reimbursement. This documentation must be received within 60 calendar days of certification. A copy of your card(s) will be stored in your MedHub profile.    

Q: How do I get my DEA information entered into the UK electronic health records systems?
A: You will need to provide your name, user id, date of birth (for verification purposes) and DEA number with expiration date to Marilyn Cone for entry into Allscripts.

Q: Is there a campus gym that I am able to join?
A: You are eligible to purchase a Johnson Center Recreation Center membership. Memberships may be purchased in the Campus Recreation office located in the Johnson Center. Take your ID badge with you when purchasing a membership. For more information, please visit the Johnson Center’s website: http://www.uky.edu/studentaffairs/CampusRec/facilities/JohnsonCenter

Q: Is there an employee education program?
A: Yes. Through the EEP program, the maximum number of credit hours for which tuition will be waived shall be no more than 8 per semester with a maximum of 18 per academic year. Classes must be taken for credit and may be taken at the University campus (including the Independent Study Program), KCTCS institutions (i.e. Community Colleges and Technical Colleges) or any other Kentucky public institution. The fee waiver does not include audited, non-credit, continuing education or community education courses. Graduate level waivers in excess of $5250.00 per calendar year are subject to tax.
For more information, visit the website at: http://www.uky.edu/hr/benefits/more-great-benefits/employee-and-family-education-program

Q: As an employee of the University, am I eligible for any discounts for merchants?
A: There is an UK Employee Discount Program (EDP) offered by UK. For more information, including what you must provide and a list of merchants, please refer to the EDP website at www.uky.edu/HR/edp

Q: Who do I contact for a letter requesting an excuse from jury duty?
A: You can request an excuse letter from your program or contact GME Registrar’s office at GMErecords@uky.edu

Q: How do I request a verification of income for a loan?
A: You can request an income letter from the GME Registrar at GMErecords@uky.edu .  If the lender needs to verify your specific salary to date, please direct your lender to contact Employee Records at (859) 257- 9485 or email: jcrou2@uky.edu.  UK payroll earning/deduction statements are also available in MyUK.

Q: How do I obtain a copy of my pre-employment screening/background check?
A: Please contact the Pre-employment Screening Office at (859) 257-2608 or email alex.ortiz@uky.edu.  These requests must come directly from the employee.  Programs or GME staff cannot request this information on your behalf.

Q: How do I obtain a copy of my immunization records?
A: You can access your immunization at UHS online.  For step-by-step instructions see: https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/sites/default/files/how-to-access-your-immunization-records-from-uhs-employee-health-instructions-nov-2017.pdf

Q: How do I obtain a copy of my contract?
A: Please login to Medhub, select ‘Review Records’ link (middle of home page), scroll to the applicable year and select link for signed contract.

Q: When will I sign my contract?
A: Contracts will be assigned in June and delivered via Medhub package.  The 2020-2021 stipends are published here: https://gme.med.uky.edu/sites/default/files/2020-2021%20Stipends_2.pdf

Q: have obtained a job for after completion of my GME program.   How do obtain verification of my training ?
A: Verification requests should be sent to:  uky.medhub.com\verify

The GME Office does not complete the following forms:

  •   Medical Board Licensure Forms
  •   Detailed Institutional Questionnaires (medical knowledge or performance based questions)

    These forms should be submitted directly to programs for completion.

Q: What do I do if I need employment verification for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?
A: Please go to gme.med.uky.edu/gme-resources. Select Public Service Loan Forgiveness Form. On the next page, select Student Loan Verification Request. Provide your contact information and upload your PSLF form with section 1 completed.

Q: How do I renew my parking permit?
A: Annual parking permit renewal occurs in the month of June. GME will email all residents and fellows step by step renewal instructions before the 2nd week in June.*Citations on your account must be paid before renewing your permit. UK Transportation Services Account Manager: UK Transportation-Account Manager

Q: How do I request a reimbursement?
A: Please submit all reimbursement documentation at GME Reimbursement. Detailed instructions and required documentation are listed on this link. GME follows UK Accounts Payable reimbursement policies.

Q: What expenses will GME reimburse?
A:
Licensure- Dental/Optometry/Medical Licensure (KBML portion only)

Program Required Certifications, such as PALS, BLS, ACLS, NRP (renewals only) *must be required by program

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about Health Insurance/Prescription, Life Insurance, Voluntary Retirement?

A:Please review the list of UK Benefit contacts at UK Benefits Contact Information

Q: Who should I contact to receive financial well-being assistance?
A: Please contact Todd Macaulay, A UK Financial Well-being Officer

P: 859-218-1589 E: todd.macaulay@uky.edu

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about my W2 form?
A: Please contact UK Payroll Services. UK Payroll Services Contact Information

 

Resident and Fellow Visa Questions

Q: When do I have to renew my I-9 (process to verify identity and employment authorization for employment)?
A: Individuals on visas must renew I-9 as visa documents expire.  J1s will need to renew their I-9s annually. If your I-9 is expiring, you will receive an email listing the expiration date.  If you do not renew your I-9 prior to the expiration, you will be pulled from payroll and training, and will not be permitted to rejoin training until you can renew your I-9.

Q: How do I obtain a driver’s license in the United States?

A: It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle (automobile, motorcycle, etc.) in the United States without a valid driver’s license.  To obtain a driver’s license in Kentucky:

  1. Request a good standing letter from GME Registrar’s Office at GMErecrods@uky.edu
  2. Pull a recent UK payroll earning/deduction statement available in MyUK
  3. Visit County Clerk’s office.

1591 Winchester Road, Suite 104 
Lexington, KY 
Phone: (859) 246-2151

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Closed Saturday and Sunday and holidays.

  • Be sure to bring cash for payment, as they do not accept checks or credit cards.  Fees vary and are subject to change, so it is advisable to bring at least $60 with you.
  • You will also need proof of address. This should be a piece of mail addressed to you that has been post-marked within 30 days and delivered through the U.S. Postal Service. If you have not received any mail yet, you can mail yourself a letter and bring that with you after it has been delivered.
  • Bring good standing letter and pay statement from MyUk.
  • Bring all of your official immigration documents, including passport with visa and (or Print out from I-94), I-20 or DS-2019.
  • NOTE: Non-immigrants are not allowed to register to vote. Please check "NO" when asked in your application.

For more information about obtaining a driver's license, visit https://drive.ky.gov/driver-licensing/Pages/Non-US-Citizens.aspx.

Q: What do I need to open a bank account in the United States?

A: You should take the following documents with you to open a bank account:

  • Unexpired passport
  • Form I-94 or Form I-797 approval notice
  • Form DS-2019
  • A secondary form of identification
  • U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) card, if available, or offer letter from GME office

Additional documentation may be needed; contact the specific bank for details prior to going in person.

Q: How do I apply for a social security card as a J1?
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f you are a new J1, you must wait until your arrive in the United States and complete Validation of Initial Arrival process with ECFMG. ECFMG will validate your arrival in the United States in SEVIS. Once validated in SEVIS, a J-1 physician’s program start date cannot be amended. J-1 physicians cannot apply for a U.S. Social Security Card/Number until ECFMG has validated their SEVIS record. Applying for a Social Security Number prior to SEVIS validation will delay issuance of the Social Security Card.

After you are updated in SEVIS system, you can then apply for social security number. Visit the Social Security Administration (address listed below) with the following documents:

  • Contract (available in Medhub under Review Records)
  • A recent UK payroll earning/deduction statement available in MyUK
  • Passport
  • Ds-2019 or applicable visa documents
  • Copy of I-94 or print out from
  • Copy of Passport photo/bio page
  • Copy of Passport visa page
  • Completed “Application for Social Security Card” (Form SS-5), which can be obtained from www.ssa.gov. If you do not have one completed beforehand, you can also get a blank form at the SSA office and fill it out there.

Phone: 1-866-530-7754 or 1-800-772-1213

Address: Suite 110, 2241 Buena Vista Rd., Lexington, Kentucky 40505

Q: As a J1 visa holder, do I have to maintain health insurance for myself and dependents?
A: The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (22 CFR § 62.14) mandates that all J-1 exchange visitors and accompanying J-2 dependents secure comprehensive health insurance effective on the program start date indicated on Form DS-2019 and maintain coverage, without interruption, for the full duration of stay in the United States in J-1 status. Any J-1 exchange visitor who willfully refuses to comply with insurance requirements will be considered to be in violation of his/her status and subject to termination from the J-1 program.

See Mandatory Medical Insurance Requirements for additional details about this requirement.

Q: I am on a J1 visa and will be attending a rotation outside of UKHC. What do I need to do?
A: Please contact GME Registrar’s office to submit out outside rotation form (https://www.ecfmg.org/evsp/notification-off-site-rotation.pdf) six to eight weeks prior to the rotation.  The form must be submitted to ECFMG 30 days prior to the rotation.

Q: I am on a J1 visa am I permitted to moonlight or work outside the training program?
A: No, the J‐1 classification is explicitly reserved for educational and cultural exchange. It is not a work visa and, therefore, J‐1 physician participants are not permitted to engage in any work outside of their approved program of graduate medical education (as reflected on Form DS‐2019).

Q. As a J1 what documents do I require for international travel?
A: Always check the ECFMG website for updates prior to international travel.  See  https://www.ecfmg.org/evsp/travel-preparation.pdf or https://www.ecfmg.org/evsp/applicants-current-travel.html.

The following documents are required for reentry to the United States after international travel:

  • Passport, valid for at least six months beyond the program end date on the most recent Form DS-2019, unless otherwise exempt
  • Valid J-1 visa (except for Canadian citizens)
  • Original Form DS-2019 containing travel signature in “Travel Validation By Responsible Officer” box on lower right side of Form DS-201

NOTE: Do not place the above documents in your checked baggage! Carry them with you, as you will need to present them to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.