Program Benefits

UCSD Pediatric residents are compensated according to the UCSD Medical Center housestaff salary scale. In support of our residents education and well-being, we also provide residents with educational resources, research grant funds and other benefits listed below.

Educational Support

  • Access from home and hospitals to electronic medical journals
  • Institutional subscription to Up-To-Date
  • $500 Book allowance/year
  • White coats and laundry service
  • PALS/NRP certification
  • Reimbursement for USMLE Step 3 and initial medical licensing fees
  • DEA license paid for by UCSD
  • AAP membership, including PREP and Peds In Review    
  • Leadership training retreats for all residents
  • Travel to conferences when presenting poster or paper
  • Intramural research funding for residents

Salary (2016-2017)

     PL1         $4,495.58/month      $53,947/year 
     PL2         $4,558.03/month      $54,696/year 
     PL3         $4,737.08/month      $56,845/year 
     PL4         $5,017.58/month      $60,211/year


  • $4,900 housing stipend/year
  • Excellent Health, Life, Disability, Dental and Vision Care insurance benefits for residents and their spouse/domestic partner/dependents
  • Malpractice Insurance covered by training program
  • Tax-deferred retirement plan (403(b) plan)
  • Free parking at most sites
  • Taxi service for post-call transportation if residents are too tired to drive home


  • Four weeks paid vacation per year (two 2-week blocks)
  • Four consecutive days off during winter holiday
  • Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Sick leave ‚Äč
Link to the UCSD Graduate Medical Education Website