Residency Life


Salary scales for residents and clinical fellows rotating at all sites are established by the UC Office of the President (UCOP) and are consistent throughout the five UC medical schools (San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Davis, and Irvine). Salaries are scaled according the resident's postgraduate year (PGY) in the program.

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Residents will also receive a housing allowance of $1,008 per month, as well as an additional academic allotment for the purchase of items such as surgical loupes and textbooks.



Health Benefits and Insurance: UCSF provides residents and clinical fellows a comprehensive package of health and welfare benefits. Plans include health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance.

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Retirement Savings Programs: Residents and clinical fellows are automatically enrolled in the Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plan. Pre-tax contributions to 403(b) or 457(b) plans are optional.

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  • Vacation leave with compensation shall be four (4) workweeks per academic year
  • Sick leave with compensation is given at the rate of twelve (12) days per academic year (one day per month)
  • All residents and fellows will receive four weeks of paid parental leave. Time taken in addition to this exceeding vacation leave and sick leave will be uncompensated.  In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), leave can extend to twelve (12) workweeks. 

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Well-Being Resources

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides confidential employee assistance services at no cost to UCSF faculty, staff, post docs, residents, and clinical fellows. These services include assessment, counseling, and referral services for a broad range of personal and work-related issues.

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Career Development Program

Led by Line Jacques, MD, Chief of Peripheral Nerve and Pain Surgery, this program is designed to offer support and help current neurosurgery residents advance their careers. The program will cover topics such as time management, fellowship applications, and networking.


Living in San Francisco

San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area offers a multitude of cultural and recreational opportunities. As a vibrant, diverse city, San Francisco has attracted people from across the world to join its unique, eclectic community. Excellent public transportation systems offer easy access to the vast array of performing arts, museums, professional sports events, and restaurants throughout the city. 

From beautiful coastline and Redwood forests to towering granite cliffs, Northern California is ideal for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Within a few hours' drive, San Franciscans can access Lake Tahoe, Wine Country, Big Sur, and numerous National Parks including Yosemite, with temperate weather year round.