Duke Surgery offers competitive benefits to our trainees. See highlights below, and for more information about benefits, visit


GME Trainee Stipends FY21

Level  Annual 
1 $58,020


3 $62,700
4 $65,268
5 $67,788

Personal Health Days

Residents receive 2 days of personal health time that may be used for illness or doctor’s appointments. There is a special consideration for residents pursuing a fellowship. If these days have not previously been used for personal health issues, then they may be used for interview purposes. If more than 2 personal health days are used for illness, then vacation days must be used. Personal health days may not be used at the VA on Mondays and Fridays and the first Tuesday of the month. Personal health days used for doctor’s or dentist’s appointments are to be used in ½ day increments. This time must be tracked and is not to be stored up for more “regular” days off at the end of the year.

Academic and Professional Development

The Otolaryngology Residency Program fully supports resident attendance at meetings to present their research. We also offer a resident fund of $1,000 to be used for educational purposes during PGY2 - PGY5. 

Health Insurance

Health, dental, and vision insurance are available to trainees and their families from the first recognized day of training. For insurance options and costs, visit

Additional Benefits

  • Free parking
  • On-call meal stipend of $10.00
  • Access to the BoardVitals question bank, which allows for case-based preparation for the annual in-service exam