Benefits & Perks

Hospital Benefits


Residents are paid according to their level of training.

The 2017 – 2018 salaries are:

  • PGY1: $55,800
  • PGY2: $57,675
  • PGY3: $59,570
  • PGY4: $62,000


Each resident has 4 weeks of vacation divided as follows: one 2-week block, one 1-week block and 7 days of flex time. Requests are submitted in advance to the chief residents who review and approve.

Meal Card

Residents receive on-call money that they use by swiping their identification badges at the cafeteria and the Einstein’s Bagel and coffee cart in the hospital atrium. The amount of money is directly correlated to the number of overnight calls each resident has, and can be used even when not on call. In addition, breakfast is provided at all morning conferences.

Case Western Reserve University Affiliation

All residents are provided affiliation with Case Western Reserve University. This includes access to gym facilities, libraries, online journal subscriptions, and email. This also includes occasional discounted admission to attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fitness Centers

As part of the Case affiliation, all residents have free access to Case’s Veale Center gymnasium and athletic facilities. The available facilities include a cardio training room, weight lifting room, swimming pool, racquet ball courts, squash courts, climbing wall, basketball courts, indoor track, and tennis courts. The Veale Center is located across the street from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Case also has a private fitness center, 1-2-1 Fitness Center, also located across the street from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. In addition to a weight and cardio training room, 1-2-1 offers a variety of group exercise classes at no extra cost, including cycling, pilates, yoga, and cardio kickboxing. Discounted memberships are available to residents.

Health Insurance

There are two medical plans to choose from, including a standard plan and a high-deductible plan with access to a Health Savings Account (HSA). This allows each resident to choose the plan that best fits their needs. Health insurance is available to employees who are regularly scheduled to work at least 16 hours per week. Coverage is effective the first day of the month coinciding with or following the initial employment date.

Dental Insurance

Dental coverage is available through CIGNA Dental for residents and their family. Covered services can be obtained in or out of the network. The plan provides coverage for preventive, basic, and major restorative services. The monthly contribution is payroll deducted on a pre-tax basis. Coverage is effective the first day of the month coinciding with or following initial employment date. For more information on benefits, please visit

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional personnel are covered by the hospital at no cost.

Retirement Funds

403(b) Matched Retirement Savings Plan: All employees are eligible to contribute to the 403(b) Matched Retirement Savings Plan. Employees with one year of service who have worked at least 1,000 hours are eligible to receive a match. University Hospitals will match 50 percent of the first 6 percent of your contributions. Money the hospital contributes (matched contributions) is 100 percent vested after three years of service.

Program Perks

Education Allowance

Educational funds are available for books, journal subscriptions, conference travel, and some medical equipment (e.g. stethoscopes, otoscopes). Allowances are based on training level.

Micro Grants

Residents have the opportunity to apply for micro grants to help with the costs of their research projects. Interested residents must complete an application that is then reviewed by the committee.

Travel Funds

Residents selected to present posters or conduct platform presentations at national meetings are eligible for travel funds to help offset the cost of airfare, hotel and registration fees. Global Health members also qualify to receive money for away rotations.

Additional Perks

  • American Academy of Pediatrics Membership: Pedialink, Red Book, Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellows
  • Two White Coats: Free Cleaning!
  • UH Best Benefits Club: Receive discounts on museums, parks, movies, more
  • Breakfast at Morning Conference: Coffee, Juice, bagels, pastries, yogurt, granola, fruit
  • Free weekly yoga classes available to residents/fellows
  • Resident Retreats
  • & much more


  • PALS: New interns receive certification, and the PALS book, during orientation week.
  • NRP: New interns receive certification, and the NRP book, during orientation week. Residents receive free recertification onsite. Dates and times are coordinated by the chief residents.
  • BLS: All new interns are required to have a current BLS card prior to starting residency. Residents are responsible for maintaining BLS certification throughout residency, available free onsite throughout the year.

Resident Wellness & Resources

Our residency Wellness Program helps trainees establish and maintain a work-life balance. Wellness includes self-awareness and healthy choices resulting in a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and belonging. Our Wellness Committee is made up of our Program Directors, Chief Residents, coordinators and representatives from each post-graduate-year. The Committee organizes wellness events such as group social activities, sports activities, weekend-trips, and cultural events throughout the year. Wellness resources are also posted by the Committee so that residents have easy access to primary care providers as well as people/programs to contact during difficult times.

Resident events

  • Graduation Dinner & Awards Ceremony: Our annual celebration of residency graduates.
  • Resident Appreciation Week: One week in February with events and prizes where the hospital shows its thanks to the residents for all the great work they do.
  • All Resident Retreat: One full day in July where all residents get together during working hours.
  • Intern Retreat: A few days in October where the interns have an opportunity to bond, relax, have some fun.
  • Junior Retreat: A few days in July where the juniors have an opportunity to take a break from work and relax.
  • Pearls Day: A University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital tradition where we honor our favorite faculty members. Faculty present “pearls” in an off-beat and fun conference.
  • Science Day: For 40+ years, the annual presentation of all resident research occurs in June.
  • Resident Initiated Events…just to name a few:
    • Chili Cook-Off
    • Sledding
    • Indians Opening Day cook-out
    • Blossom Music Festival outing
    • Ugly Holiday Sweater Party
    • Senior Farewell

In the Hospital’s Backyard

  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Severance Hall: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Museum of Natural History

In Our Backyards: Where we like to live and visit!

Clevelanders divide the city into “East side” and “West side,” with the Cuyahoga River being the dividing landmark. Because UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital is on the east side of town, it’s most common for residents to live in the near Eastern suburbs, downtown Cleveland, or in the historic urban Cleveland districts just west of the river. Check out our Cleveland Neighborhoods information, in the Life in Cleveland tab, which our residents created as an introduction to some of the most popular neighborhoods.


Additionally, residents have access to University Hospitals’ system-wide employee wellness program. UH believes that wellness goes beyond physical health. It includes financial security, satisfaction at work, and balance in your personal life – all the things that affect your sense of well-being. WELLNESS Matters brings together tools and resources that UH provides to support residents and employees in all these ways. This is just one of many reasons UH was named as one of Cleveland’s Top 30 large companies to work. For more information on Wellness, please visit

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