GME Residents & Fellows Benefits

Benefits Available to Graduate Medical Education (GME) Trainees at Duke

Medical, Dental, & Vision Benefits
Duke employees, including trainees can choose from 4 different health plans, which are subsidized for residents and fellows.  Individuals may choose coverage for themselves or may also choose to cover children and/or a spouse or same-sex partner.  In addition, Duke Primary care offers a concierge scheduling line for GME residents and fellows, to facilitate their ability to establish care for themselves or immediate family members.  Review those options here,

Disability & Life Insurance
Trainees are provided specific disability and life insurance policies, and have the option to purchase additional disability and life insurance coverage at attractive rates. 

Parental Leave
Duke employees, including trainees, are eligible for 6 weeks of paid parental leave to care for your newborn or adopted child after one year of employment at the institution.  Trainees in their first year of employment can use maternity leave or sick leave. 

Sick & Vacation Time and Time for Academic Endeavors 
These policies are specific to individual training programs and Board specifications. Please see the specific program websites for details.

The stipends for Duke trainees are based on post-graduate year (number of years of training). Current stipends can be found here,

Free parking is provided on site for all Graduate Medical Education Trainees at Duke University Hospital.

On-Call Meal Plan
Trainees who work overnight between 7 p.m.– 5:30 a.m. are provide $10 credit for food on call.

Housestaff Gym
All Duke trainees have access to an onsite gym facility that is reserved specifically for them.

Counseling Services
Personal Assistance Services (PAS) provides free confidential counseling services to trainees and their families. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. with special appointments reserved for trainees at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Learn more here,

Caring for Each Other Program
Provides support to all Duke University Hospital team members after difficult clinical events.

Additional Benefits
Duke has partnered with many businesses and other organizations to provide discounts to all Duke employees for a variety of products and services. Learn more here,

COVID-19 Specific Benefits

COVID-19 Absence Policy
Trainees who are evaluated by Employee Occupational Health and Wellness (EOHW) and instructed to stay home due to COVID-19 exposure or illness will continue to be paid without using sick or vacation time. Trainees should refer to their individual Board requirements regarding the effect of time away on duration of training.

Emotional Support & Well-Being Line
A free telephone service staffed by a team of advanced clinical psychology interns, social workers and psychologists.  This service offers confidential support and resources, including linkage to other clinical services.