Salary and Benefits

Resident salaries for the 2019-20 academic year are:

  • 1st year:   $52,625
  • 2nd year:  $54,625
  • 3rd year:   $57,328

The resident benefit package includes:

  • FICA (Federal Insurance Corporation Act--Social Security)
  • Professional Liability Insurance, $1 million/$3 million coverage
  • Health insurance package for self and family
  • Disability insurance (TDI through the State of Rhode Island)
  • Limited medical license for the State of Rhode Island
  • Uniforms and Laundry Service
  • Private on-call quarters
  • Locker and study carrels
  • Three weeks vacation each year
  • Educational stipend that can be used for conferences and educational materials: $1000 in PGY1 and PGY2; $1500 in PGY3
  • Use of Brown University facilities (libraries, computer center and athletic facilities)

Resident Leadership

Two third-year residents, elected by their peers, serve as chief residents acting as resident advocates and liaisons between residents and the department. Additionally, two third-year residents are elected as assistant chiefs for MCH, serving as leaders and liaisons between residents, MCH director and MCH staff on maternal and child health issues. Also elected are two third-year scheduling chiefs who coordinate night call, vacation and sick call schedules.

Resident Activities

Resident Retreat

Two annual events directed by residents, for residents, during which attention is focused on well-being and team-building. Faculty members provide coverage so that all residents can take part.

Support Groups

First-year residents meet weekly and senior residents meet monthly to discuss matters of individual or common concern, both personal and professional. The Behavioral Science faculty facilitates the group.

Balint Groups

Balint Group training is a method of understanding the doctor/patient relationship and learning the therapeutic possibilities of communicating skillfully with patients. The purpose of Balint Groups is to focus on the empathetic process and develop safety and trust through group cohesion. These weekly groups, facilitated by trained faculty, are open to second- and third-year residents.


Social activities are planned throughout the year, including class potluck dinners, department holiday parties, graduation celebrations, cookouts and an annual talent show. Because the call schedule is completed a year in advance, residents and their families have plenty of notice to plan vacations and time off.