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Coverage is provided through the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) for a monthly fee. These include:

  • Dental Plans
  • Health and Prescription Plans
  • Life and Accidental Death
  • Long Term Disability

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Time away

Time Away (Vacation, personal business, and sick leave)

Paid time away provided should not conflict with the residents duties and must be approved by the Program Director. Paid time away is not cumulative from year to year. The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) limits resident time away to 21 days. Any time away beyond 21 days will result in extension of residency.

Residents are allowed annual paid time away in the amount of:

  • 3 weeks per year (15 days)
  • 2 weeks sick leave per year (10 days)


Housestaff are considered to be available to be scheduled 365 days a year and may be scheduled to work on a Holiday. Due to variations in clinical rotations, Holiday scheduling policies should be discussed with the Program Director.

Educational Leave (CME)

Housestaff (PG II and above) are allowed up to one week of educational leave, without interruption of pay or benefits, contingent upon the approval by the Program Director. Educational leave time is not cumulative from year to year.

Leave of Absences Family and medical leave is provided in accordance with the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA). The FMLA\WFMLA leave policy is outlined in detail in the Housestaff Handbook.

Additional leave of absence and related policies can be found in the Housestaff Handbook, including other leave of absence options when a housestaff member does not qualify for a FMLA or WFMLA leave of absence.

Additional benefits

Resident Stipend

MCWAH establishes annual stipends for house staff.


  • $61,970 for PG-1 residents;
  • $63,060 for PG-2 residents;
  • $64,170 for PG-3 residents.

See\gme under “Stipends” for a current listing of stipend levels.

Working Condition Fringe Benefit

The Working Condition Fringe Benefit is a $1,500 per academic year taxable payment to residents to help defray expenses for license fees, DEA fees, license exam fees, textbooks and health club dues. This paid out in two installments in late December and late June. This is a taxable benefit.

See\gme under “Working Condition Fringe Benefit” for additional information.

Mental Health Program

MCWAH is aware of the multiple demands of residency training. The Mental Health Program has been designed to assist MCWAH housestaff in obtaining the highest quality of mental health care in a confidential manner.

See\gme under “Mental Health Program” for additional information.

Worker’s Compensation Insurance

Housestaff are covered by Worker’s Compensation insurance in case of work-related injury or illness.

Professional Memberships

Housestaff have membership in the AMA (American Medical Association) and WMS (Wisconsin Medical Society) through their employment with MCWAH.

The program also provides memberships to the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) and the WAFP (Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians)

Membership is provided for the AOA (American Osteopathic Association), ACOFP (American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians) and WAOPS (Wisconsin Academy of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons) for osteopathic residents.

Additional Program Benefits

Additional local program benefits may be offered within the program. Check with the program director or education coordinator for more information.

Career Assistance for Spouses/Significant Others: There may be assistance with career/job search assistance through a network of community contacts and Residency board members.

Annual resident retreat: A weekend get-away to encourage relaxation, recreation and personal growth for residents and their families. Faculty assumes call coverage and the Residency Program covers most expenses from the retreat budget.  Subject to social distancing restrictions.

Special Events: Annual Clinic Picnic (no cost to resident and family members), Holiday Party (no cost to resident) and Graduation Dinner (no cost to resident). Subject to social distancing restrictions.

Lab coats: 2 per incoming resident and 1 at the beginning of second year.

Hospital meals: are provided at no cost to residents while on inpatient rotations or working within the hospitals.

Post-Residency Job Placement Assistance: The UW Office of Rural Health provides residents with profiles of Wisconsin communities with practice opportunities for family physicians, and can also help you prepare for interviews.

Moonlighting: Moonlighting opportunities are available and resident participation is subject to prior approval by the program director and DIO.

Continuing education funds (CME funds): Residents will receive $1000 in reimbursement money per academic year to support attendance at program approved CME courses. With prior program approval these funds may also be used to support elective away rotations, the purchase of a portable electronic device such as an iPad or iPhone, and other required residency program costs such as attendance at the AOA National Convention (an additional $500 one time reimbursement is available to osteopathic residents to attend this required meeting). See program director or education coordinator for more details as certain restrictions apply. CME funds may carry over from one year to the next until graduation.

Board exam fees: Examination fees for the ABFM (American Board of Family Medicine) or AOA specialty examinations may be reimbursed upon presentation of score reports. See program for details as benefit is subject to change annually.

Debt reduction: The program will match resident’s payments of up to $1,000 per year of residency training for a total maximum benefit of $3,000 from the program over the three- year residency.

Life Support Courses: The program pays for residents maintain recertification during residency for the following courses:

  • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)
  • ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics)

Relocation expenses: The program will reimburse incoming residents’ moving costs up to $1000 to ease the transition to residency. Subject to IRS regulations on moving expenses related to employment.