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Resident Benefits

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

WSU offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all residents. The EAP is designed to help you with personal problems or work situations. An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a confidential location for employees and their families to receive assistance with personal matters. You can contact Ulliance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by simply calling one toll-free number, 1-800-448-8326.

The Employee Assistance Program provides professional counseling, education, and referral services to you and your family members. EAP can help you with a variety of issues:

  • marital and family problems
  • child or adult care issues
  • alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • balancing work and family
  • depression and anxiety
  • work-related concerns
  • financial or legal problems
  • career transition issues
  • personal growth and development

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Meals while on In-House Night Call

Meals and/or access to food/beverage service are provided to all residents during In-House Night Call. For further information, contact your program for information on resources that are available for meals while on In-House Night Call.

Payroll & Compensation

The residents receiving a stipend through the WSU are paid bi-weekly. They have the option of directly deposited to their bank account or of picking it up from the WSU SOM Human Resources office. For further information regarding payroll, please contact WSU SOM Human Resources Payroll at 313-577-2138.

All graduate medical residents within the WSU residency training system, sponsored by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), receive equal compensation according to graduate medical education training level.

The stipend level of a resident must be in accord with the level of the resident recognized by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the specialty the resident is entering. For example, a resident transferring from Internal Medicine who will not receive any credit from the Surgery RRC must be appointed at the PGY I level.

Resident compensation is reviewed annually by the GMEC to ensure local and national competitiveness.

Health Benefits

Subject to enrollment and verification of eligibility, the following benefits are available to Residents through the Wayne State University School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education. These are the benefits for the current plan year (July 1 – June 30). The new Plan year begins July 1 and some changes may occur. Detailed and updated benefit information is posted on the GME website. Residents will receive enrollment information during the onboarding process before the start of their residency.

The first day of coverage eligibility for WSU SOM GME benefits is the Resident’s individual training agreement effective date with the Wayne State University SOM Graduate Medical Education Programs. If interim coverage prior to this first day of coverage eligibility is desired, Residents may choose to purchase coverage such as continuation of coverage through previous insurance carrier (e.g. COBRA). Interim health insurance information may be found at the following websites: Priority Health Short Term Plan or Humana One Short Term Plan or the Health Insurance Marketplace (

Medical Insurance

WSU currently offers the following medical insurance plans:

  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield Blue Care Network (HMO)
  • Community Blue (PPO)
  • Health Alliance Plan (HMO)
  • DMC Care (PPO)
  • Total Health Care (HMO)

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Vision Plan

WSU offers two plan options: Basic or Enhanced. WSU pays 100% of the Basic Plan.

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Dental Insurance

WSU offers a comprehensive dental insurance plan with the Delta Dental Plan of Michigan.

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Other Eligible Person Benefits

WSU provides the opportunity to purchase medical/vision and dental coverage for other eligible persons. The premiums you pay for this coverage are taxable to you.

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Flexible Spending Accounts

Maximize your tax savings by participating in a health care or day care flexible spending account (FSA). You can contribute up to $2,500 per year for the health care FSA and up to$5,000 per year for the dependent care FSA on a pre-tax basis. Any money left in the account at the end of the year is forfeited. The IRS calls this the “use it or lose it” rule.

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Health-Related Employee Discounts

For further information regarding benefits please contact the office of Total Compensation and Wellness at 313-577-3717.

Insurance and Disability Benefits

Employee & Dependent Life Insurance

WSU provides Basic Life Insurance (equal to 1x your salary) which is 100% employer paid. Employees have the option to increase their life insurance by purchasing amounts up to 4x salary. Includes Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance which protects against financial hardship when you or a covered dependent suffers an accidental death, loss of limb, paralysis or loss of sight.

Disability Coverage

Short-Term Disability: STD is part of the paid time-off benefit effective July 1 of the first year of residency.

Long-Term Disability: LTD provides a source of income if you are unable to work due to a serious illness or injury. The long-term disability (LTD) benefit provides a monthly income benefit equal to 66 2/3% of your monthly base salary up to a maximum benefit of $7,000 per month. Benefits begin after 180 days of being disabled and are offset by other income benefits associated with your disability. Long-term disability insurance is effective the first of the month following one year in a WSU residency program.

A resident may choose to elect to enroll in additional optional disability coverage until eligible for coverage by the university and keep that coverage throughout their residency. Optional disability coverage information may be found by contacting Jake Whipp, Larsen Financial Group at 630-881-4659.

Retirement Plans

403(b) Retirement Savings Plan: offered with University contributions, loan options, and is fully vested after 2 years.

457(b) Retirement Savings Plan: offered to any employee that is eligible for the 403(b) Plan, but does not offer University contributions or loan options.

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Currently, Wayne State University SOM residents who show their “One Card” can save on a variety of different services and restaurants. For a full list of OneCard discounts, please visit:


Residents have access to Office 365 free of charge to install on personal computers and tablets. With Office 365 residents will have access to the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and more. The software can be downloaded from this website using the resident’s SOM log in information. Office subscriptions are long as the resident is training at a WSU SOM residency program.

Residents are also eligible for other free and discounted software, visit the WSU Software Clearinghouse at

Tuition Assistance

Employee Tuition Assistance: benefit pays 100% of the cost of tuition, regular registration fee, omnibus fee, and fitness center fee for eligible employees.

Reduced Tuition for Spouse/Child of Employee: benefit pays 50% of the cost of tuition only for an eligible spouse/child of an eligible employee. Does not cover coursework for theMD, JD or PharmD programs.

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Membership in Professional Organizations

In addition to professional organizations that each residency program may enroll their residents in, all residents are automatically enrolled in the following professional organizations upon starting with their WSU School of Medicine Residency Program:

Wellness Warriors

Our nationally-recognized Wellness Warriors program is free for full-time eligible employees and is designed to offer each participant the tools and resources to create a personalized wellness plan. More information is available at:

Time Off

This includes vacation, FMLA, leave of absences, jury duty, military leave and sick time.

Effect upon the Graduate Medical Education Program. Promotion or program completion of a graduate medical education program may be affected by leaves of absence, based on the length of leave and the educational requirements of the program. Accreditation agencies and specialty colleges may have specific requirements regarding the amount of time a trainee must be engaged in training in order to qualify for promotion, program completion or board certification. Information related to eligibility for specialty board examinations is available through each specialty college and may be accessed through the American Board of Medical Specialties ( The Program Director must inform the trainee of any specialtyspecific board requirements that may be impacted by any leave of absence.