Compensation Benefits and Policy Information

The compensation policy for Cedars-Sinai graduate medical education students is comprehensive, covering an annual stipend, housing allowance, reimbursements, insurance, retirement savings, healthcare, training, education and many other generous benefits. Read details about each of these benefits and access our Resident and Fellow Physician-In-Training Agreements.

Effective January 1, 2023, physicians-in-training will receive annual base stipends as follows:

  • GL1—$66,934
  • GL2—$69,160
  • GL3—$71,864
  • GL4—$74,714
  • GL5—$77,771
  • GL6—$80,662
  • GL7—$83,346


H1-B Visa Holder Stipends* (Taken from Table 4 of 2022 AAMC Survey of Resident/Fellow Stipends and Benefits Report – West Region)

  • 1st Post-MD Year—$64,796
  • 2nd Post-MD Year—$67,682
  • 3rd Post-MD Year—$70,759
  • 4th Post-MD Year—$74,784
  • 5th Post-MD Year—$78,410
  • 6th Post-MD Year—$82,408
  • 7th Post-MD Year—$86,921

*H1-B Visa holders will receive the higher of the two rates

Housestaff employed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will receive a total of $12,000 each year to help offset housing costs.  This amount will be paid as a monthly stipend of $1,000 (taxable income), to be included in the check for the first pay period-ending of each month, while in a GME training program.

Housestaff employed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center receive meal cards to supplement meal costs which are funded bi-monthly during the academic year.  This meal card can be used in the Ray Charles Cafeteria, Starbucks, North Tower Café, and Pavilion Café.  Food services are provided on campus at all times.

New housestaff who are required to obtain a DEA certificate as a condition of starting training are responsible for the fees associated with obtaining the certificate.  If the DEA certificate is obtained during training, or current certification expires during training, the fees will be reimbursed.

Housestaff enrolled in Cedars-Sinai programs who must take USMLE Step 3 during their training at Cedars-Sinai will be reimbursed for the application fee paid to the Federation of State Medical Boards.

  • Vacation and Holiday Time (VHT) Absence Plan: 224 hours/28 days of VHT provided at the beginning of each academic year.  This plan allows housestaff to carry over unused VHT to the next academic year, up to a maximum of 336 hours/42 days, which can be used to supplement incidental sick leave* (if all sick leave hours have been used - see SICA below*).  VHT remaining in your time “bank” will be paid to housestaff in their final check upon leaving training.  Housestaff are required to take at least 160 hours (20 days) of VHT per academic year.
  • Family Leave*: By request.
  • Sick Leave (SICA):  Forty hours (5 days) allotted upon date of hire, and then at the beginning of each calendar year, for absences due to medical needs (illness, medical appointments, preventive care) for yourself as well as for those of certain family members, or for reasons associated with being the victim of violence.
  • Professional Leave: Provided under VHT benefits; additional benefits vary by training program.

*Pursuant to Cedars-Sinai Leave and Disability Management policies

Parking, uniform laundry service and lab coats are provided free of charge.  Private sleeping/nap rooms are available.  

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Pharmacy Benefits: Group health, dental, vision and pharmacy benefits are provided for house staff and eligible dependents.  There are premium and copay costs for some options.  Health insurance is effective the day the program is entered; dental insurance is effective six months from the date of entry.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Housestaff can establish Healthcare and Dependent Care accounts that allow for spending untaxed income on eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses.
  • Life: A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided by the Medical Center.  Supplemental life and accidental death insurance may be purchased.
  • Professional Liability: The Medical Center provides professional liability insurance coverage in such form and amounts as generally provided by the Medical Center with respect to events occurring during a Physician-in-Training's participation in the training program, including during rotations to other institutions.   Coverage is not provided for "moonlighting".
  • Disability: The Medical Center provides long-term disability (LTD) insurance.  A contribution towards State Disability Insurance (SDI) is also provided.
  • Workers' Compensation: The Medical Center provides Workers' Compensation Insurance, which pays medical and loss of income benefits for work-incurred illness or injuries.
  • Training in Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support is provided by the Simulation Center.
  • The Continuing Medical Education program offers many classes which you may attend without cost.
  • The Medical Library provides Medline and Internet training free of charge.
  • Educational funds in the amount of $2,000 annually for education opportunities and materials.

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