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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

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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 (effective July 1, 2022 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     $64,101          HO6     $81,811
HO2     $67,306          HO7     $85,901
HO3     $70,671          HO8     $90,196
HO4     $74,205          HO9     $94,706
HO5     $77,915


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, parental, military, personal, 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.
  • Parental = 6 weeks for a house officer who becomes a parent, including birth mothers who take maternity leave to be used within 1 year of the event (birth, adoption, foster placement).
  • 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 (effective July 1, 2022 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     $6,410             HO6     $8,181
HO2     $6,731             HO7     $8,590
HO3     $7,067             HO8     $9,020
HO4     $7,420             HO9     $9,471
HO5     $7,792

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.

Personal Day

House officers receive one (1) personal day per program year, which may be used for any personal need. Personal days may be used in full- or half-day increments.

Additional Paid Time Off

House officers will receive time off to take examinations and life support training courses required by the training program or as part of their board requirements (number of days of the examination plus reasonable travel time). House officers in a residency program will receive up to two (2) days off to take USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3. 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 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.

USMLE Step 3 and COMLEX Level 3 Reimbursement

House officers in a residency program are eligible for reimbursement of the application fee for USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3.

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 a medical school recognized for its quality of education.

For U.S. and Canadian medical school graduates, the applicant must be a graduate of a medical school that has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The list may be found at:

For U.S. osteopathic medical school graduates, the applicant must be a graduate of a medical school that has been accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  The list may be found at:

For non-U.S. or Canadian medical school graduates, the applicant must be a graduate of a college/university found on the Medical Schools Recognized by the Medical Board of California list posted on the Michigan Medicine website, affiliation with a school on the approved list is not sufficient. The list may be found at:

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 in any form, whether for medical purposes or not, is prohibited. You should be aware that some cannabidiol (CBD) products will result in a positive drug test for marijuana. 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Full COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to the start of employment at the University of Michigan.

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
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 licensure, or renewing, shall complete training that meets specific criteria in identifying victims of human trafficking. For your convenience, a training video that meets the standards established by the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs can be found at this link:

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)