Resident Fatigue Resource
Houston Methodist GME is pleased to offer reimbursement for round trip transportation costs to trainees who are too fatigued to safely drive home and elect to use a transportation service to get home instead of driving their personal vehicle. It’s as easy as 1, 2, SAFE!
STEP 1: Simply, utilize the service of your choice (app-based) for the trip home, rest up and then use the service again to pick up your car at a later point in time.
STEP 2: Once you have completed the roundtrip travel, you will submit the receipts through the standard MARS travel reimbursement process within 30 days of the travel date. The GME Office will reimburse the ENTIRE cost (except for tips).
Yes, it’s that simple!
EXAMPLE TRAINEE USE:
Susan Icare, Houston Methodist resident, just finished her shift in the Texas Medical Center and feels very fatigued. She decides it would be safer to take a rideshare option than “power through” the drive home. She uses the rideshare service to ride to her home address in midtown Houston and rests for several hours. Later, she awakes feeling more rested and takes a rideshare service back to retrieve her car from the parking garage at Houston Methodist Hospital. She submits both rideshare trip receipts through MARS travel and entertainment within 30 days and any other required information, and the receipts are processed for reimbursement.
App-based service reimbursement (Uber, Lyft, etc.)
Double-check that your receipt contains the following information:
- Starting location
- Ending location
- Time and date
- Your name
- Total fare amount
Submit both receipts (trip home and return trip) through the standard MARS travel reimbursement process within 30 days of travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which transportation services are reimbursable?
Trainees may use the transportation service of their choice. This includes app-based services such as Lyft, Uber, etc.
When am I eligible to use the service?
Trainees may use the service ANY TIME they are feeling overly fatigued after work; not just after an overnight shift. Your safety comes first. Please do not get behind the wheel when you are overly fatigued!
I know that I’m going to be tired at the end of my shift. Can I use the service preemptively and travel from my home to work, and then back home?
No. The program’s intended purpose is for trainees that feel overly fatigued at the end of their shift. Houston Methodist accounting and IRS regulations prevent employee reimbursement for transportation to work. Therefore, trainees can NOT be reimbursed when preemptively using a transportation service to bring them to the hospital and then back home.
May I use this transportation option when I am working at affiliated training sites?
Yes, this option is available for use from any training site to a verifiable home address. This includes all Houston Methodist hospitals and Texas Medical Center rotation sites (Memorial Hermann, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, etc.).
May I use the service to go sleep at the house of a friend/family member/significant other?
No. The end location must be your verified home address in MARS.
I live far from my training site. Can I still use the service?
Yes, absolutely. If the end destination is your verified home address, any round-trip from the training site to your home is fully reimbursable.
May I choose to ride in style (Uber black, Lyft plus, etc.)?
On your own dime! If you choose to use Uber, Lyft or a similar app-based service, make sure to select the basic service. Reimbursement will not be approved for luxury services.
Who should I reach out to if I have questions about this program?
Your safety is our #1 Priority!