Graduate Medical Education Departmental Policy
Policy Title: Restrictive Covenant Prohibition
Effective Date: 4/19/2017
To establish a policy to prohibit restrictive covenants for GME Trainees in UWHC sponsored residency
and fellowship programs, pursuant to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
(ACGME) Institutional Requirements (IV.L.).
II. PERSONS AFFECTED
This policy applies to all Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs sponsored by the UW Health.
A. The term “resident” refers to residents and fellows.
B. Program(s) will refer to ACGME-accredited program(s) sponsored by UW Health.
C. UW Health: For the purpose of this policy, the term “UW Health” shall mean University of
Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, which is the sponsoring institution of the ACGME-
accredited training programs. “UW Health” is the trade name of University of Wisconsin
Hospitals and Clinics Authority and its affiliates.
No residency or fellowship program sponsored by the UW Health may require that a trainee sign a non-
competition guarantee or restrictive covenant.
Language is included in the resident appointment information document ensuring that residents in UW
Health sponsored programs will not be required to sign a non-competition guarantee.
Sr. Management Sponsor: Susan L. Goelzer, M.D., M.S., Designated Institutional Official
Author: Director, Graduate Medical Education and Medical Staff Administration
Approval Committee: Graduate Medical Education Committee
Susan L. Goelzer, M.D., M.S.
Professor of Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine and Population Health Sciences
Senior Medical Director for GME/Designated Institutional Official
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Previous Revision Date: 8/21/2013
Next Revision Due: 4/19/2020 (3 years after effective date)