Leave, Insurance and Compensation

As employees of UW Health, University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine residents and fellows in ACGME–accredited programs receive the compensation and benefits outlined in UW Health's total rewards and employee services package.

Department of Medicine learners with their families at the annual summer trainee picnic

Compensation Highlights

  • Competitive stipends that increase each year
  • Three weeks of paid vacation per year—21 days including weekends or 15 days not including weekends—as well as up to seven paid sick days, five away-conference days, and negotiable leave time for job interviews, jury duty, bereavement or military leave
  • One floating holiday for each UW Health-recognized holiday worked
  • Up to six weeks of paid parental leave—exclusive of vacation or sick leave—following the introduction of a new child or children by birth, adoption, foster care or legal guardianship
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance (2023-24 plan here; U-Connect login required)

If you have additional questions about benefits, we are happy to discuss those during the interview process.

Health and Wellness

The primary wellness resource available to residents and fellows is the program SupportLinc, which provides face-to-face and/or telephone counseling. Additional local resources include trained peer support and the UW Health Wellness app.

Residents and fellows are permitted to attend personal wellness appointments during standard work hours without penalty or use of vacation time.

A Department of Medicine learner at a wellness retreat hosted by the department. She looks down from a red bridge into a stream.

How SupportLinc Can Help

  • Stress, depression and personal problems: up to 10 sessions (per presenting concern) with a master’s level mental health counselor for learners; up to five for spouses.
  • Balancing work and personal needs
  • Family and relationship problems
  • Alcohol or drug dependency
  • Workplace conflicts
  • Any other issue of concern in your life

SupportLinc also provides services regarding financial consultation, legal consultation, child and elder care resources and guidance, and others.

Man on kayak paddling lake Mendota with University of Wisconsin campus and Capitol building in background
Man on kayak paddling lake Mendota with University of Wisconsin campus and Capitol building in background

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