GME Compensation and Benefits

UW Health’s total rewards and employee services packages go beyond traditional benefits to help you balance your work and life needs. These packages help UW Health recruit, recognize and retain highly talented individuals. As part of UW Health, your benefits will be offered through your UW Hospitals and Clinics employment.

*This information refers to benefits and compensation for UW Hospitals and Clinics residents and fellows. For information about Family Medicine residency and fellowship benefits and compensation, go to the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health site.

Graduate Medical Education/EIT benefit summary (PDF)

Stipend Rates

UW Hospitals and Clinics maintains resident and fellow stipend levels at the mean of Midwest teaching hospitals. Annual stipend rates will be based on the mean levels reported in the Council of Teaching Hospitals annual survey (an AAMC account is needed to access survey link) and will be adjusted on a yearly basis as necessary.

Annual Stipend Rates for 2023-24

  • PGY-1: $66,149
  • PGY-2: $68,733
  • PGY-3: $71,577
  • PGY-4: $74,415
  • PGY-5: $78,241
  • PGY-6: $81,426
  • PGY-7: $85,492
  • PGY-8: $90,296

*Stipend rates are effective July 1, 2023 and include an annual $500 well-being stipend.

Health and Dental Insurance

UW Health provides comprehensive health and dental insurance, which includes chiropractic, behavioral health and prescription drug coverage for you and your family.

  • Benefits Mentor: Benefits Mentor is an interactive benefits counselor for active state employees and non-Medicare retirees. While active employees can use their claims information for a personalized plan design recommendation, candidates can still use the tool to compare options. Sign up and get started!
  • Short Term Health Insurance (PDF): While coverage is effective on or following the 1st of the month of your start date, if you need interim coverage, resources are available.


University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Graduate Medical Education is committed to ensuring that residents and fellows remain physically and emotionally healthy during training. A number of well-being resources and programs are provided to residents and fellows to promote work-life balance and overall wellness. More information can be found on MedHub.

Employee Assistance and Work-Life Program

Free and confidential financial services, legal consultation and counseling services are available 24/7 at no cost to employees, their family and household members.

Disability, Liability, and Life Insurance

Disability Insurance

All residents and fellows are covered by a hospital-paid short- and long-term disability plan. This plan protects you in the event you become ill or injured and are unable to work. Group premiums are paid in full by the hospital. Additional information from Northwestern Mutual is provided in your new hire packet.

Liability Insurance

Comprehensive liability protection is provided for all residents for any training-related incident. Protection is granted for specific training activities approved by the Program Director and the UW Hospitals and Clinics Risk Management Office for activities that take place outside the UW Hospitals and Clinics. No protection is provided for activities outside the scope of the training program, such as moonlighting or unapproved electives.

Life Insurance

UW Health/UWHC offers three life insurance products that offer term life and accidental death and dismemberment benefits for an employee, spouse and eligible dependents.

Parking and Transportation

The University of Wisconsin controls parking, including garages and lots around University Hospital. During your training, if you will spend time on campus at University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, or the VA hospital (all connected) and will require parking, you may choose to obtain a parking permit. Parking is assigned on an annual basis for the parking year — Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. GME Administration will communicate with the parking liaison and GME physicians to facilitate permit parking applications in the spring.

Madison Metro bus passes are available at no cost to UW Health Hospitals and Clinics employees. Madison Metro UW Campus bus routes are fare-free for all riders. All campus bus stops (with real-time pick-up info) can be found on the interactive campus map.


If your vehicle won’t start, valet will jump vehicles Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. At other hours, contact the security office at E6/206, across from the hospital information desk. The security office is equipped with a jump pack.

Shuttle Service

There is a shuttle service available every 10 minutes from Lot 76 to the hospital and University Station between the hours of 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.


UW Hospitals and Clinics residents are entitled to three weeks (21 days including weekends or 15 days not including weekends) paid vacation per year. When the resident leaves UW Hospitals and Clinics permanently, accrued vacation entitlement must be used prior the last day of employment.


UW Health helps employees plan for their retirement by offering supplemental retirement plans.

Additional Information

Membership on Medical Staff Committees

Residents have voting representation on the UW Hospitals and Clinics Medical Board and its committees. These representatives are selected jointly by the Chair of the Medical Board and the President of the House Staff Association.

Lab Coats and Scrubs

Lab coats and scrubs are provided at no cost to you.

UW–Madison Campus Photo ID (Wiscard)

The University of Wisconsin affiliate photo ID allows residents to access campus libraries and recreation facilities on the UW campus. The ID also qualifies you for discounts at various local businesses.

To obtain your Wiscard check with your Program Coordinator — they may have scheduled time during program orientation.

Your first Wiscard is issued at no cost. The card is valid for five years from the date of issue. Lost cards can be replaced for a $25 fee.

Bring identification that includes your picture and signature (i.e., Driver’s License or Passport). The UW Health ID Badge is not acceptable identification.

Wiscard Office in Union South

1308 W. Dayton St. Madison, WI, 53715
(608) 262-3258
Monday – Friday – Hours: 8:30 am–5:00 pm