Benefits & Salary

The Neurosurgery Residency Program offers an excellent benefits package, including health and disability insurance, vacation days and holiday pay. House Officers at U-M are represented by the House Officers Association (HOA) and receive benefits and compensation based on a contract negotiated by HOA. A resident’s salary affords a comfortable quality of life in Ann Arbor. 

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”:

Educational Resources

  • Department-funded attendance at the Kranzler Review Course, a preparatory course for residents taking the ABNS primary examination for credit.
  • Resident library: many books available for residents to sign out; the library is routinely updated based on residency and faculty book requests.
  • U-M Taubman Medical Library: access to numerous medical journals and neurosurgical text books online.
  • Residents receive a departmentally funded iPad to use while in residency.
  • Residents receive several neurosurgical textbooks during their PGY1 year as part of the Skills 1 curriculum.
  • Access to U-M-supported ancillary software such as MatLab, SAS, SPSS.
  • A travel policy which allows for attendance at national conferences if giving presentations.


  • 20 days of vacation each academic year, taken in weekly blocks.
  • House Officer holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, House Officer's Birthday. 

U-M House Officers Association (HOA)

  • House Officer’s at U-M are represented by the House Officer’s Association (HOA) and receive benefits and compensation on the basis of a bargained-for contract negotiated by HOA.
  • Several times a year the HOA organizes happy hours, which are free to all U-M house officers. This is a great way to meet and interact with fellow residents in different specialties.
  • HOA Connect: volunteer organization that organizes social opportunities for house officers and their families, including nights out, playgroups for the kids, and outings for the whole family. All activities are funded by the HOA and are free of charge. Past events include trips to local cider mills and a private tour of the U-M football stadium (i.e., "The Big House").

U-M Resident Perks

  • The Neurosurgery Resident Room (on the 5th floor of UH South) is equipped with a workstation (including a laptop and lockable desk), for each resident.
  • There is a House Officer Lounge on the 2nd floor next to the cafeteria.
  • Residents get money/cash on their U-M ID card once they start taking call. This money can be used at the cafeteria, Einstein Bagels, Starbucks, and lots of other small cafes scattered throughout the hospital system.
  • Residents can purchase discounted U-M gym memberships.

Health Insurance


  • U-M has its own Children’s Center, which is located close to the hospital and offers extended hours for working parents.
  • Ann Arbor is a very kid-friendly town with lots of day care options.
  • Students with Children

Annual Salary

In addition, all house officers receive a lump sum every November in lieu of a 403b (see below):