Resident Benefits and Salary

Salaries are negotiated annually and are subject to change. Residents are paid on a bimonthly schedule. The current annual pretax salaries are:

PGY1: $67,821.15
PGY2: $69,611.02
PGY3: $73,227.72
PGY4: $78,910.92
PGY5: $84,441.19
*Effective 10/1/22

Interns are provided with a $2,000 stipend at the end of the year toward application fees for a California medical license and/or any other expenses related to training.

In addition to at least one 24-hour period each week, every resident receives a one-month paid vacation, three days of educational leave and 12 days of sick leave annually.

Health, Dental Life Insurance

All residents may elect basic group health, dental and life insurance benefits and coverage offered by Los Angeles General Medical Center, which pays the monthly insurance premiums for residents. Dependent coverage is available, but the resident is responsible for paying a percentage of the premium. Upon beginning their internship, residents are provided with a sum to use toward the health plan of their choice. Additional costs may come out of pocket and remaining money may be returned to the resident. Insurance plans may be modified on an annual basis.

Professional Liability

During the time a resident is assigned to a service in any affiliated institution, he or she is covered by the institution’s personal liability policy.


Los Angeles General Medical Center: Residents are provided with $28 per day with a maximum of $8 for breakfast and $10 for each lunch and dinner. This may be used at the staff cafeteria or the patient cafeteria, which has extended hours.

Keck Medical Center: Residents are provided with $5 for breakfast and $7 each for lunch and dinner. All items are discounted for medical staff prior to checkout.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: Residents are provided with a $450 meal allowance to be allotted over the 10-week rotation.

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center: All meals are free.

Kaiser-Permanente Baldwin Park: Residents are provided with $7.50 for breakfast and $10 each for lunch and dinner.


Residents are provided with free parking at all facilities.


Residents are provided with two white coats from the Los Angeles General Medical Center. One white coat from Keck Medical Center of USC is provided during the resident’s first Keck rotation. Complimentary laundry service is provided at both facilities.

Events for Residents

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery faculty, staff and residents are considered a family. This mentality allows residents to experience excellence and compassion both within and outside of the workplace. Throughout the year, the department hosts numerous special events to show appreciation for the hard work and efforts of the residents and faculty.

New Residents and Fellows Welcome Party

With the start of each academic year, this event welcomes new department members into the orthopaedic surgery family.

Holiday Party

Traditionally one of the social highlights of the year, this festive night includes great food, drinks and entertainment.

Chief Resident Graduation Party

The culmination of the orthopaedic residency, this reception features the chief residents as guests of honor. Faculty, residents, staff and family members attend in order to congratulate and thank the graduates for their years of hard work.