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Resident Benefits

A wide variety of benefits are offered to residents in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.  Some of these benefits are outlined below.



2022-2023 Resident Salaries
PGY1:  $56,217 
PGY2:  $58,067
PGY3:  $60,123
PGY4:  $62,873
PGY5:  $65,316


Insurance Benefits

The following benefits programs are available to all residents on the OUHSC campus. 

- Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
- Life Insurance
- Long-Term Disability
- Short-Term Disability
- Accident Protection (AD&D)

For details on plans available and cost options, please visit


Professional Benefits

- Custom magnification loupes
- Custom lead operating gowns
- Custom lead operating glasses
- Embroidered white coat
- Free covered parking
- Quarterly meal stipend for campus cafeterias
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
- Fee-exempt DEA and OBNDD registrations
- Attendance at one designated orthopedic conference each PGY year
- Full subscriptions to various academic journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS)
- Print and electronic textbooks covering a wide range of orthopedic topics
- Opportunities for moonlighting for residents beginning as early as PGY-3 year
- Access to athletic facility/gym on campus
- Discounted OU football, basketball, and other sports tickets
- Employee discount program for local vendors/companies


Scholarly Activity

A variety of continuing education opportunities are provided to residents, including state and national conference attendance.  Resident engagement in scholarly activity is also strongly supported by the department.
- Residents attend a minimum of one designated regional or national conference each PGY year
- Full travel costs are provided for any resident presenting original research at a regional or national conference
- All publication and presentation costs for resident research are provided


Events for Residents

Residents, faculty, and staff of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery work together as a family.  This mindset enables residents to experience firsthand the personal and professional bonds built on compassion, respect, and integrity that are forged within and outside of the workplace.  Throughout the year, the department hosts numerous social events to show our sincere appreciation for the efforts of our residents and faculty, and the families who support them at home.

A mix of official and informal annual events offer a variety of platforms for mixing and mingling.
Resident Welcome Pool Party
Staff Appreciation Event
Holiday Party
Golf Tournament
Chief Resident Roast
Graduation Celebration
End-of-Year Pool Party


Paid Time Off and Leave

Residents are entitled to three types of paid leave, as described below.
- Annual Leave (15 days per academic year)
          This includes vacations and personal time off.
- Sick Leave (15 days per academic year)
          This includes leave due to personal or family illness, injury, or medical need.
- Educational Leave (5 days per academic year)
          This includes leave to attend regional, national, specialty, or subspecialty meetings of the resident's choosing.

Family Leave - Federal Guidelines

Federal law mandates that, after one year of University employment, qualified employees may take up to 12 weeks of leave (available paid leave and then unpaid leave) during any 12-month period for (1) the birth and care of a newborn child; (2) the placement of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child; (3) the care of the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent with a serious health condition; and (4) the employee’s own serious health condition. Contact Human Resources for additional information.

The university will continue to pay the cost of the university provided insurance coverage for employees for the 12 weeks of FMLA protected leave. The employee will continue to be responsible for payment of premiums for any elective coverage. It is the employee’s responsibility to contact the campus Benefits office to determine premium payment requirements.


Maternity/Paternity Leave

Available sick leave, annual leave, or leave without pay may be used in accordance with the Family Leave Act guidelines described above.

Resident Family Leave Policy

As the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery requires that each resident receive at least 46 weeks of full time orthopedic education per year, periods of family leave may extend the length of the residency training needed to meet board requirements.