Medical, Dental, & Vision

Duke employees, including trainees, can choose from 4 different health plans, which are subsidized for residents and fellows. Individuals may choose coverage for themselves or may also choose to cover children and/or a spouse or same-sex partner. Additionally, Duke Primary care offers a concierge scheduling line for GME residents and fellows, to facilitate their ability to establish care for themselves or immediate family members. Review those options here:

Disability & Life Insurance

Trainees are provided specific disability and life insurance policies and have the option to purchase additional disability and life insurance coverage at attractive rates.


The stipends for Duke trainees are based on post-graduate year (number of years of training). Stipends are anticipated to increase yearly and are generally announced in the Spring. Current stipends can be viewed on the Duke Graduate Medical Education website.

Time-off (vacation/meeting)

Residents may take paid-time-off during orthopaedic rotations. Residents may present a paper at a meeting in addition to their chosen meeting or vacation.

  • PGY1 residents receive two weeks per year
  • PGY1 residents receive a few days for the USMLE Step 3
  • PGY2-PGY5 residents receive three weeks per year
  • All receive Christmas or New Year's holiday time off

Resident Education Fund

Residents are given an educational allotment to finance orthopaedic textbooks and scientific meetings. For podium and poster presentations, residents have access to funding from their Faculty Research Advisor. Scientific meetings must meet the approval of the program director.

View our contract

Duke University Hospital offers training programs in 100 ACGME accredited programs and also many special fellowships. An example of the “Contract – Agreement of Appointment” may be viewed on the Duke Graduate Medical Education website.

Additional Benefits

Duke has partnered with many businesses and other organizations to provide discounts to all Duke employees for a variety of products and services Learn more here.