University of California, Riverside

Graduate Medical Education

Salary and Benefits


Salary and Benefits

Salary Scale:

  • Postgraduate Year 1: $55,566
  • Postgraduate Year 2: $57,408
  • Postgraduate Year 3: $59,663
2017-18 Pay Dates

June 30, 2017
August 1, 2017
September 1, 2017
September 29, 2017
November 1, 2017
December 1, 2017
January 2, 2018
February 1, 2018
March 1, 2018
March 30, 2018
May 1, 2018
June 1, 2018

Exempt employees are paid on the first day of every month with two exceptions:

  1. If the first of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, pay day will be on the last working day of the month.
  2. The first check in the new year is available on the first working day after January 1.

Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits

  • All medical, dental & vision benefits are paid by the UCR School of Medicine.
  • Medical plan from Anthem Health Insurance.
  • Vision services from VSP vision insurance.
  • Dental insurance from Delta Dental.

Paid Vacation and Sick Leave

Residents receive up to 15 working days per year of paid vacation that cannot be rolled over from one academic year to the next and up to 12 days per year of sick leave.
Total duration of leaves must conform to the program's and American Specialty Board's requirements regarding absences, together with applicable state and federal law, generally defined as one month, 21 working days, or 30 calendar days.

Continuing Medical Education

Up to five days available each year subject to program director approval.

Short Term Disability

Disability benefit is a maximum of $700 dollars per week.

Long Term Disability

Disability benefit is a maximum of $3,000 per month.

Malpractice Insurance

Malpractice insurance is provided to residents via UCR, or via the institutional site where a rotation block occurs.

Basic Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment

$50,000 coverage included.

Employee Assistance Program

Confidential, toll-free counseling service.

Educational Enhancement & Funds

Residents receive up to five days for educational enhancement time (USMLE Step III, Continuing Medical Education lectures, post-graduate interviews, etc.) each academic year with the program director’s approval. Educational leave time does not accrue from year to year. In addition, each resident receives $1,000 for their educational funds on an annual basis.

Other Benefits

Child Care

Residents will be eligible for student rates at UCR's Child Development Center, located at the main UCR campus in Riverside. The center has programs for infants, toddlers, preschool- and kindergarten-aged children of UCR students, staff and faculty and they are accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.


Residents will be eligible for the student membership rate at the UCR Student Recreation Center. This 155,000-square-foot facility features a 21,000-square-foot weight room, a 237,0000-gallon pool, an indoor jogging track, a cardiovascular fitness area with 100 machines, a 32-foot climbing wall, 30 different kinds of classes, hardwood basketball, tennis, racquetball, volleyball, badminton and squash, as well as recreation club and intramural teams.

Library Access

Residents will have access to UCR Library resources onsite, offsite and online.

White Coat Access

The Graduate Medical Education Office readily provides residents with lab coats; some participating sites may not offer laundering service.


Access to the Introduction of the Practice of Medicine, membership to American Medical Association (AMA), the JAMA Network, American Academy of Family Physicians, and Family Practice Management Journals.

Life Support Training

Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Life Support (PALS) training at no cost.

Meal Service

Residents receive a monthly stipend with 24-hour access to the resident lounge.

Onsite Fitness Center Access

Free membership to the community wellness fitness facility located on the Desert Regional Medical Center campus.

Life in Palm Springs

The UCR School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program - Palm Springs is based in the desert resort city of the same name within the Coachella Valley, part of the Inland Southern California County of Riverside. It is approximately 60 miles east of Riverside, the 12th largest city in California, 107 miles east of Los Angeles, 123 miles northeast of San Diego, and 268 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona.

Golf, swimming, tennis horseback riding, biking, and hiking in the nearby desert and mountain areas are major forms of recreation in Palm Springs.

About the Area:

Outdoor desert attractions include the world famous Palm Springs Arial Tramway, Joshua Tree National Park, The Living Desert, PGA Tour golf, and the Indio Polo Fields. Numerous festivals are scheduled throughout the year, such as the Palm Springs International Film Festivals drawing numerous A-List celebrities, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Date Festival, Tamale Festival, and Indian Wells Tennis Tournament.

Other attractions within easy driving distance include Disneyland and other theme parks, beaches, mountain resorts, and Los Angeles-area tourist attractions.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate Medical Education
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Tel: (951) 827-7669