Benefits & Perks

At the University of Michigan, we want you to have the support you need to be successful. That’s why Emergency Medicine residents receive a comprehensive salary and benefits package in addition to U-M perks — these all add up to a high quality of life in Ann Arbor.

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”.

House officers at U-M are represented by the House Officers Association, which negotiates the contract for annual salary and benefits. Ann Arbor offers a cost of living below the national average for a quality of life that frequently lands the city on national best-of lists. Salaries at U-M are highly competitive, and many residents are able to begin paying their student loans.

Resident salaries include an annual increase, with each resident receiving a lump sum payment in the fall to encourage savings. Residents also receive additional holiday pay if they work on their birthday or a holiday.

View the current salary information

House officers receive comprehensive health insurance, including vision, dental, and disability insurance.

Learn more about benefits at U-M for house officers


Residents receive 4 weeks of vacation time each academic year, with 4 additional days off over the winter holidays.

Child & Family Care

The University of Michigan offers its own Children’s Centers for child care, including one on the medical campus.

You’ll find that Ann Arbor is frequently rated as one of the best places in the country to raise a family, with excellent public and private schools, a range of daycares and preschools, and lots to do.

The Ann Arbor Observer’s City Guide is a good place to find information on schools, camps, and other programs in the city.

The U-M Work-Life Resource Center supports U-M employees in finding elder care, child care, family helpers, and other resources.


HOA Housing runs a website designed to help house officers buy, sell, or rent a home.

Some other resources to check out, too:

  • U-M Off-Campus Housing: Search for housing or roommates in Ann Arbor.
  • VeryApt Ann Arbor Guide: Check out this guide produced from data contributed by U-M Medical School students on popular Ann Arbor neighborhoods for trainees.

Parking & Transportation

There are a range of parking passes available to U-M employees. Check with the residency program coordinator for specific information about guidance for house officers.

U-M also provides free buses (the “Blue Bus”) and shuttles around main campus, the medical campus, and north campus.

Ann Arbor offers a bike-share program called Arbor Bike, participates in Zipcar and other car-sharing programs, and offers carpools.

Get information on transportation options

Wellness & Fitness

Several fitness centers offer discounted memberships for U-M employees. In Ann Arbor, you’ll find dozens of traditional gyms, as well as specialty centers for rock-climbing, dance, yoga, and more.

The HOA provides a mental health program for house officers. For a list of U-M programs and resources in support of stress reduction and mental wellness, check out Counseling & Psychological Services.

Technology & Educational Resources

Emergency Medicine residents receive $500 per year to pay for books, software, and other educational expenses. The department also provides funds for residents presenting at national academic conferences.

To make focusing on learning easier, the department also provides meals for residents on conference and clinical skills days.

In your first or second year as an EM resident, you’ll be required to attend the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) annual meeting, with the department covering your travel costs up to $1,500.

Other resources of note:

  • The House Officers Association provides a dedicated lounge space, with computers, printers, TV, a massage chair, and coffee.
  • U-M provides 24/7 technical support through its IT departments, as well as two on-campus computer and device stores, with discounts for U-M employees on popular products like MacBooks, iPads, and PCs.
  • The Taubman Health Sciences Library, completely modernized in 2015, provides access to article databases, medical journals, and other educational materials.

Social Outings & Support

The House Officers Association offers a volunteer-run organization called HOA Connect, which organizes annual events, social outings, kids playgroups, and other activities for house officers and their families.

Discounts & Perks

With your MCard (your U-M ID card), you’ll benefit from hundreds of discounts and special deals around the region. Check out the list.

The HOA also provides a list of perks, including a list of realtors who offer discounted services or tailored advice to house officers on renting and buying homes.