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Moonlighting Policy


The nature of the Family Medicine Residency program requires residents have an understanding of their extensive clinical activity and availability to patients at times other than the regular working day and that the program has a continuing academic component that requires continual personal effort.  Although residency education is considered a full time endeavor, moonlighting by residents is allowed under the following conditions:

  • Resident must be in good standing with the program, without probation, suspension or having outstanding medical records.
  • Resident must have an In-training composite performance score at the 25th percentile or higher for their year level.
  • Resident must have completed at least 12 months of post-graduate training with RCRMC Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • Resident must have a current California medical license and DEA number.
  • Resident must complete and have signed off by the Program Director the “Permission to Moonlight” Form.
  • Resident understands the RCRMC liability coverage will not be extended to cover moonlighting activities of the resident that fall outside the course and scope of the individual’s residency appointment.


Moonlighting guidelines:

  • Maximum of 24 hours per four (4) week block for a “call” rotation
  • Maximum of 48 hours per four (4) week block for a “non call” rotation
  • A 12-hour shift cannot be a night shift proceeding a regular workday or following a night on-call
  • All moonlighting duty hours must be documented in New Innovations
  • The total number of hours worked per week (including residency rotations and all moonlighting time) cannot exceed 80 hours, per ACGME rules.


In the event a resident is given permission to moonlight, the program director will monitor the resident’s performance for the effect of these activities upon performance in the trainee’s program.  Should moonlighting interfere with the ability of the resident to achieve the goals and objectives of the residency program, the program director may withdraw permission allowing the resident to engage in professional activities outside the training program.

Violation of the above rules and guidelines may result in loss of moonlighting privileges and disciplinary action against the resident.