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Moonlighting Resident Physician Policy

Policy Purpose:

The ACGME common program requirements provide that moonlighting must not interfere with the ability of the resident to achieve the goals and objectives of the educational program. MCHS does not require residents to engage in moonlighting. This policy is applicable to internal and external moonlighting.

The ACGME provides the following definitions for moonlighting:

  • External moonlighting: Voluntary, compensated, medically-related work performed outside the institution where the resident is in training or at any of its related participating sites.
  • Internal moonlighting: Voluntary, compensated, medically-related work (not related with training requirements) performed within the institution in which the resident is in training or at any of its related participating sites.

Procedure:

  1. PGY-1 residents are not permitted to moonlight. PGY level is determined by resident contract status.
  2. Internal and external moonlighting hours (as defined in the ACGME Glossary of Terms) must be counted towards the 80-hour maximum weekly hour limit. Accordingly, the Program Director may require periodic reports of a resident’s moonlighting hours.
  3. A resident must secure written approval to moonlight from his/her Program Director. The residency program must monitor the effects of moonlighting on a resident's performance. Permission may be withdrawn if it is determined that moonlighting is adversely affecting the resident’s progress and/or performance.
  4. The Program Director must comply with the sponsoring institution’s written policies and procedures regarding moonlighting.

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