University of California, Riverside

Graduate Medical Education

About Salary, Benefits & the Region

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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.

Memberships and Educational Material

Residents get their own copy of Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) and membership to the  American College of Physicians (ACP).

Life in Riverside

Southern California is made up of beautiful weather, cultural diversity, expansive beaches, desert regions, and lush mountains, making it one of the most desirable places to work and live.

Riverside is conveniently located in Inland Southern California, in what appears to be the midpoint of access for wondrous excursions. To access the beaches, the cities, the desert, and the mountains all one has to do is take a drive that on average can be as short as 45 minutes and as long as 2 hours.

Riverside has a long standing history and exciting seasonal entertainment that will allow you to connect to the city. It is surrounded by booming cities and attractive locations that feature all types of vocational and educational opportunities for residents’ families.

Notable Places to Visit:

  • Riverside: The Mission Inn Hotel, Fox Theater, March Joint Air Reserve Base, Riverside Art Museum, Mt. Rubidoux, and many more.
  • Palm Springs: Palm Springs Aerial Tram, Children’s Museum, Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs Walk of Stars, Knott’s Soak City Palm Springs.
  • San Diego: San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, SeaWorld, Legoland, Balboa Park, Museum of Art, Hotel Del Coronado, Torrey Pines Reserve, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium.
  • Los Angeles: The Getty Museum, Griffith Observatory, LaBrea Tar Pits, Hollywood, Pantages Theater, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm, Dodgers Stadium, Angels Stadium.
  • Big Bear Lake: Snowboarding, Skiing, Hiking Trails, San Bernardino National Forest, Campgrounds.
  • Joshua Tree National Park: Desert Campgrounds, Hiking Trails.

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