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Since 1934, Kern Medical has been training residents and
health care professionals in our community.

Salary and Benefits

Detailed in Memorandum of Understanding Agreement between the Kern County Hospital Authority Board of Governors and CIR/SEIU Local 1957 and dated July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024.

Effective July 1, 2023, the flat biweekly salary for represented resident physicians by classification shall be as follows:



Flat Biweekly Salary











Meal Stipend

$164.71 per bi-weekly pay period included in payroll check and a 20% cafe’ discount. On-duty meals provided while rotating on campus at Kern Medical during non-operating hours of the cafe’.

Scrub Allowance Benefit

$150 annual stipend for scrubs

Education Travel Benefit

$1,500 cap during residency to participate in an educational conference.

Educational Fund

$1,100 annually for the purchase of educational software or books, registration fees for conferences, board exam preparations and other required trainings all subject to pre-approval.

Vacation Information

  • PGY1-PGY4: 20 vacation days per year/2 two-week blocks
  • PGY5: 22 vacation days per year

Sick Leave

Eight sick days per year.

Fellowship/Post-Residency Employment Interviews

During the final year of the Program, a resident may take up to five days of paid leave for interviews related to fellowship training or post-residency employment.


Residents shall be entitled to all paid holidays authorized as official holidays for Hospital Authority employees. If a resident is scheduled for and works on an official holiday, the resident shall be granted an alternate day off. This is commonly referred to as “banked hours”.

Official Hospital Authority Holidays include:

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Resident and Fellow Benefit Information

  • Health, Dental, Prescription and Vision: Coverage of 80% of premium cost by Hospital Authority with a 20% bi-weekly payroll deduction for employee portion.
  • Physician Impairment: Assistance is available for issues which may affect employee’s personal or occupational life.
  • Life Insurance: Voluntary and in varying amounts
  • Disability Insurance: Hospital Authority makes a $12 monthly contribution to the CIR/SEIU House Staff Benefits Fund (HSBF) for the purpose of providing short-term and long-term disability benefits.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan): Voluntary pre-tax contribution
  • Flexible Spending Account: Voluntary pre-tax payroll deduction to pay for dependent care and other non-reimbursed visit co-payments and medical expenses (i.e. prescription glasses).
  • ACLS, BLS, PALS, NRP and ATLS: No cost in-house certification and recertification

California Medical License: Reimbursement of application and renewal fees while in residency.

  • DEA License: Fee exemption (license to be used within the scope of the Residency Program)
  • UCLA Housing Accommodation: Housing provided at leased apartments on UCLA Campus while Residents and Fellows are on a pre-approved rotation in surrounding areas.