UW Health’s total rewards and employee services packages competitively compensate our employees in order to recruit, recognize and reward highly talented individuals. Our total rewards package goes beyond the traditional thought of benefits to help you balance your work and life needs.

*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.

Stipend rates

It is the objective of UW Hospitals and Clinics to maintain resident/fellow stipend levels at the mean of Midwest teaching hospitals. Annual stipend rates will be based on the mean levels reported in the AAMC annual survey 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 include an annual $500 well-being stipend

Determination of stipends

A resident's or fellow's annual stipend is stated in the letter of appointment. The stipend level is determined by counting the number of years after receiving an MD or DO (or equivalent degree) that have been spent in a training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education that apply toward board certification in the current specialty.

Well-being and other employee benefits and services

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.

Disability and liability insurances

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. A packet from Northwestern Mutual will be provided in your new hire packet with additional information.

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 not related to the program.

Parking and transportation

At UW Health, the University of Wisconsin controls parking, including “West Campus” around University Hospital. If you will spend time on campus at University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, or the VA hospital (all interconnected) during your upcoming training and will require parking, you may choose to obtain a parking permit. Parking is assigned on an annual basis for the parking year that runs from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. GME Administration will coordinate communication between the parking liaison and GME physicians to facilitate permit parking applications in the spring. Madison Metro bus passes are available at no cost.


Is your vehicle not starting? Valet will jump vehicles Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. At any other hours, contact the security office at E6/206 across from the hospital information desk. The security office is equipped with a jump pack that will assist most vehicle batteries.

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 is leaving UW Hospitals and Clinics permanently, accrued vacation entitlement must be used prior to termination.

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 to you at no cost.

UW-Madison campus photo ID

The University of Wisconsin affiliate photo ID allows residents to access library services and recreational facilities on the UW campus. The ID also qualifies for discounts at various local businesses. Additional information (pdf)