Program Benefits

The Benefits of Training at Michigan


Residents are provided 4 weeks of vacation (taken in 1 week blocks) each PGY year. In addition, residents are provided one additional block of 4-5 days off during the December holidays (coinciding with Christmas or New Years).

House Officer Association (HOA)

The University of Michigan House Officer Association (HOA) is a resident run organization that strives to both improve the working conditions for house officers and advance patient care. The HOA collectively bargains for competitive resident salaries and benefits including disability coverage, mental health programs, as well as dental and medical insurance. Additional information may be obtained at their website.


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”.  Finally, residents are given additional compensation if they are scheduled to work on major holidays or on their birthdays. For more information on House Officer contracts and salary information, click here.

For other frequently asked questions regarding the HOA.

Educational Benefits

Educational Stipend

Each resident is given a $2000 educational stipend. This can be used for books or equipment and is nearly universally used to purchase loupes during the intern year in preparation for the Hand, Spine and Foot Services.


Residents receive a departmentally funded laptop to use while in residency.


Residents are sponsored to attend several educational courses during their residency:

  • Basic Fracture Course (OTA) for PGY II’s
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics Course for PGY III’s
  • AAOS Meeting for PGY IV’s
  • A board review course for PGY V’s

In addition, travel and lodging will be funded for any resident presenting a paper or poster at one meeting per presentation. Additionally special funding for courses is occasionally available as well. Residents are encouraged to attend other courses should opportunities arise.


Each resident is given subscriptions to both the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery as well as to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.