Residency Program: Stipends and Benefits

Summary of Benefits

UW Resident/Fellow Stipend Schedule for RPFU-NW Members 

Insurance Benefits

Shared Cost
  • Medical Plan including Vision (employee and family)
  • Dental Plan (employee and family)
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Professional Liability (limited to residency training activities)
Optional Employee-Paid
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Long-Term Disability
  • Discounts on Auto & Home Insurance
  • Retirement Investment Fund

For additional information contact the UW Benefits Office or read the UW Summary of Benefits for Residents and Fellows available on the UW GME website.

Additional Stipends & Benefits

  • Residents are represented by the Resident & Fellow Physician Union (RFPU) you can find more information about the RFPU on our Prospective Resident & Fellow Website
  • Meal reimbursement: Residents working in-house for 12 hours or longer receive reimbursement for the coast of 1 meal. Residents on home-call who are called back into the hospital for patient care duties also receive reimbursement for 1 meal ($10).  Residents on home-call who are called back into the hospital for patient care duties also receive reimbursement for 1 meal.
  • All trainees under the union receive a fully funded UPASS. A UPASS provides members with unlimited rides on regional buses, commuter trains, light rail and water taxis as well as discounts on vanpools, carpools and other special offers.
  • Each resident receives a stipend of $500 at the beginning of each academic year to be spent on items that enrich their professional development.
  • Each resident is allotted a Travel Fund of $2,300 per academic year for traveling to conferences to present or take part in advocacy work 
  • The cost of required Washington Medical Licenses and USMLE/COMLEX Step 3 exams are reimbursed in full by the program
  • UW Residents qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). Information about the program can be found here
  • Additional benefits associated with the Resident Union, the University of Washington House Staff Association. The full union contract can be viewed here
  • Access to UW Carelink, a service that connects you with experts who help you or your family members navigate life’s challenges You get free, confidential access to guidance consultants who provide:
    • Counseling
    • Legal advice
    • Financial guidance
    • Elder care assistance
    • Work-Life solutions
    • Consultation for managers
    • Critical and traumatic incident response services
    • Departmental trainings and workshops
  • GME Wellness Service
  • The Whole U, The Whole U is for and by the UW, The Whole U launched in January 2014 to foster community, promote holistic wellness, and share the great perks available to UW faculty and staff
  • Childcare & Parenting Resources
  • UW Transportation Commute Planner to create a personalized plan for your commute to work

Vacation & Time Off

Residents are allotted 28 days of paid vacation time per year (20 weekdays and 8 weekend days). Residents receive 17 days of sick leave per academic year, and unused sick leave rolls over year to year. Residents are guaranteed 10 days of Professional leave per academic year to attend conferences, board exams, and fellowship interviews.

Residents also receive one paid personal holiday and two unpaid holidays per calendar year for reasons of faith or conscience.  

UWMC observes 10 holidays per year.

Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)

The Paid Family and Medical Leave program is a mandatory statewide insurance program that provides paid family and medical leave to eligible employees. The program is administered by the Employment Security Department (ESD). Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program does not replace the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In many cases, PFML and FMLA will run at the same time. Further details can be found on the UW Human Resources Operations site here. Qualified residents are eligible for:

  • Up to 12 weeks of paid family or medical leave.
  • Up to 16 weeks of leave when family and medical leave are used in combination (e.g., birth parent pregnancy and parental leave).
  • An additional two (2) weeks of leave is available as a result of pregnancy complications.