Prospective Residents/Fellows

WELCOME to the University of Michigan! We are delighted that you have chosen to explore Michigan Medicine as a possible training site. The following provides some useful information regarding salary, benefits and employment eligibility

Salary & Benefits

This section highlights the annual salary and some of the essential aspects of benefits provided to the U-M house officers. For a comprehensive listing and details, visit the U-M Benefits website.

Annual Salary (currently in effect for 100% employment effort)

Paid monthly, on the last day of the month or last Friday of the month if the last day is on a Saturday/Sunday.

HO1     $58,576           HO5     $71,746
HO2     $61,799           HO6     $75,388
HO3     $64,860           HO7     $79,138
HO4     $68,260           HO8     $82,934


Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage begins the first day of employment.

Managed care and fee-for-service health insurance plan options that include medical and prescription drug benefits are provided.

Additional benefits provided include:

  • Life Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Long-term Disability
  • Leaves of Absence (serious illness, bereavement, maternity, secondary care provider, adoption, military, personal, child care and FMLA)
  • Maternity = 6 weeks for regular delivery or 8 weeks for a caesarian section. During the last trimester of pregnancy, and for 2 months postpartum, overnight call will not be scheduled and duty will be limited to 12 consecutive hours.
  • Secondary Care Provider = 14 consecutive days to be used up to 3 months after the delivery or arrival of the child. 1 month after the return from leave, a House Officer may request no overnight call and duty limited to no more than 12 consecutive hours.
  • Travel Accident Insurance

Optional Benefits Include:

  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Optional Life Insurance
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Legal Plan
  • Flexible Benefits Program (Health Care and Dependent Care)

Lump Sum Payment (currently in effect for 100% employment effort)

A lump sum payment is provided to encourage retirement savings. Lump sum payments are based on employment effort percentage and active status.

HO1     $5,272             HO5     $6,457
HO2     $5,562             HO6     $6,785
HO3     $5,837             HO7     $7,122
HO4     $6,143             HO8     $7,464

Holiday Pay

When a house officer is assigned any responsibilities (including on-call, inpatient service coverage, clinics, rounding, jeopardy, home call, back-up, etc.) on a holiday listed below, the house officer will receive an additional 1/365th of their annual salary as compensation.

House Officer Holidays:

  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • House Officer Birthday


Based on a full-time appointment (100%), house officers receive twenty-eight (28) days of vacation time per academic year, inclusive of weekends (Saturday and Sunday). A maximum of twenty (20) of the twenty-eight (28) days will occur on a Monday through Friday schedule.

Additional Paid Time Off

House officers will receive time off to take examinations required by the training program or as part of their board requirements (number of days of the examination plus reasonable travel time). Additionally, house officers can receive time off to attend conferences that are specifically approved by the program director.

Cellular Phone Stipend

House officers using their cell phone for employment-related activities are eligible for a $50 monthly cell phone stipend to begin the first full employment month following the completion and submission of a verification statement and utilization of Michigan Medicine security software on their phone.

Meal Allowance

Within  two weeks of hire, a house officer will receive $100 on their MCard (U-M ID badge). Based on department and work schedules, house officers may be eligible for meal allowances for lengthy shifts or in-house call.

UH South Wellness Center

House Officers are eligible to join the UH South Wellness Center at any point during their training program. The center is conveniently located in a building connected to the main hospital and the cost is $10/month. The center offers access to physical activity equipment and services, as well as other health and well-being programs. It is available to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Prerequisites for Employment

Medical School

An applicant for postgraduate medical training must be a graduate of an acceptable medical school. The U-M accepts degrees from colleges and universities listed on the Medical Schools Recognized by the Medical Board of California list. Candidates must have graduated from a medical school found on the California approved list, affiliation with a school on the approved list is NOT sufficient.

Medical Schools Recognized by the Medical Board of California

An applicant for postgraduate medical training from an osteopathic medical school must be a graduate of a medical school that has been accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This list is regularly updated by the AOA and maintained on the AOA website.

AOA Accredited Medical Schools

Background Check

Successful completion of a background check is a condition of employment.

Pre-Employment Drug Screen

Successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening is a condition of employment.

Note: Cannabis (marijuana) use, whether for medical purposes or not, is prohibited. A positive drug test for marijuana will therefore prevent successful completion of the pre-employment drug screen and will result in revocation of a conditional employment offer.

Employment Eligibility

Non-US citizens are required to have a J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG and must be eligible to renew the J-1 for the length of the UMHS GME training program; have a valid Permanent Resident (Green Card) status; is actively pursuing a Green Card which has an EAD card that the U-M International Center has reviewed and determined the probability that the EAD will remain valid or can be extended for the duration of the training program; or has an EAD card associated with the granting of deferred action under DACA.

Foreign Medical Graduates

Graduates of foreign medical schools are required to hold a current, valid certificate from the ECFMG, in addition to meeting the medical school requirements listed above.

National Examinations

Completion of the applicable examinations is required:

M.D. — USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK & CS
D.O. — COMLEX Step 1 & 2
Dentists — NBDE Steps 1 & 2
Podiatrists — NBPME Part 1 and 2 (Class of 2015 and after [excluding Class of 2016], part 2 written & CSPE)


A State of Michigan Medical License and Controlled Substance License (Educational Limited or Permanent) is required. Any house officer with a permanent medical license must also obtain a personal Federal DEA license.

If a full medical license will be sought upon entry or during training (due to exceeding eligibility years for Educational Limited License or another reason) attempts to pass any USMLE Step taken after December 6, 2016 must not exceed a total of 3 attempts.

Individuals applying for a controlled substance license must have completed a 1-time Controlled Substance Awareness Training course. For you convenience, a training video that meets the standards established by the State of Michigan Board of Pharmacy Administrative Rules can be found below.

Life Support Training

Specific to specialties, life support training courses are a requirement prior to the clinical start date. The program administrator can provide the course(s) required for your specialty. 

Incoming PGY-1s: Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support is required prior to the clinical start date and is offered during orientation. 

Incoming PGY-2s and higher: Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support is required as part of clinical credentialing and is a pre-hire condition of employment.

Additional Information

Start Dates

PGY1 residents typically start mid-June. PGY2 and higher residents and fellows typically start July 1 (unless otherwise noted by the training program).

House officers may be assigned duties in ambulatory care and outreach clinics, or other similar institutions.

The House Officers Association is the duly recognized bargaining representative for house officers under this agreement.

House Officer Diversity Network (HODN)