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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 below 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, 2024 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     $72,275        HO6     $87,934
HO2     $75,166        HO7     $91,451
HO3     $78,173        HO8     $95,109
HO4     $81,300        HO9     $98,913
HO5     $84,552


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, caregiver, military, personal, family medical care, and FMLA)
  • Maternity = 6 weeks for regular delivery. For a House Officer who gives birth by caesarian section, 2 additional weeks of paid Serious Illness Leave are provided. 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, 2024 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     $7,227             HO6     $8,793
HO2     $7,516             HO7     $9,145
HO3     $7,817             HO8     $9,510
HO4     $8,130             HO9     $9,891
HO5     $8,455

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

Michigan Medicine recognizes other holidays may have more significance to an individual than those listed above. Therefore, each House Officer receives an annual lump sum Holiday Payment equivalent to the amount of 2 paid holidays. This Holiday Payment occurs in the month of January each year.


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 $60 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 $250 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 one of the following: a J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG; have a valid Permanent Resident (green card) status; in the process of pursuing a green card application and hold a valid EAD on the basis of that application 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 have an EAD card associated with the granting of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

COVID-19 Vaccination

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

Veterans Affairs Medical Center Appointment

For training programs that have required rotations at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), an applicant must be eligible to be credentialed to work at the VAMC. For males, who are U.S. citizens or who lived in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 26 this includes registering with the Selective Service System.

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.

Once you become an employee of the University, the collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the House Officers Association determine your salary and benefits as well as other terms and conditions of employment consistent with Michigan law.

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

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