MCWAH Benefits, Terms, and Conditions of Employment
This page offers a brief overview of some of the department-specific benefits you’ll enjoy as a Resident in Ophthalmology. You’ll find additional detailed information about MCWAH benefits, terms and conditions of employment, institutional policies, and other resources on this MCWAH page.
Ophthalmology Resident Program Benefits
PGII - $61,980
PGIII - $63,070
PGIV - $64,150
The stipend is deposited directly in the individual's account once a month, on the last day of the month. MCWAH offers direct deposit at most banks, savings and loans, and credit unions in the greater Milwaukee area. The funds are available on payday. If the payday falls on a holiday or weekend, the funds are available the day before the holiday or weekend.
Housestaff are not required to submit receipts to claim this benefit. Housestaff that complete training mid-academic year will be paid on a pro-rated amount on their last paycheck. The benefit will be paid in two $750 installments; one on December 31 and one on June 30. The $1500 payment is a taxable benefit.
Maternity and paternity leave: Accrued sick and vacation days may be used for paid leave. Additional unpaid leave would be granted per FMLA guidelines.
In addition, for those residents who have their research work accepted for poster or oral presentation at a national meeting, the department will provide up to three (3) educational leave days. The department will provide reimbursement for travel expenses (subject to MCW business policies), such as meeting registration, coach airfare (purchased at least three weeks in advance), two nights’ lodging, and meal per diem. One half of these expenses will be reimbursed upon submission of all required receipts; the other half will be reimbursed upon submission of a manuscript for peer-review journal publication with the approval of the sponsoring faculty member.
Details are outlined in the Resident Meeting Attendance Policy in the Residency Manual.
The department will provide an iPad Mini to each incoming resident and instructions for loading the Wills Manual onto the iPad at no cost to the resident. Residents are also provided with a $240 allowance to purchase any book(s) of their choice from the MCW bookstore.
Other conferences held in the evenings, including Cataract Conference, Microsurgical Skills Lab, and Journal Club, usually offer a department-supplied meal as well.
At the end of the PGY3 year, residents are enrolled in a VISX certification course offered by a local surgeon. The department pays all costs associated with this course.