House Officer Salary and Benefits

Resident salaries are similar for all members of the Council of Boston Teaching Hospitals; rates are adjusted annually to account for cost of living. Training conditions and work schedules follow the guidelines of the Residency Review Committee for Surgery of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

The Program provides a wide range of benefits, including malpractice insurance coverage, on-call meals, and short- and long-term disability insurance. The Program also makes available the opportunity to purchase several types of health, dental and life insurance. Each intern is allotted three weeks vacation; all upper level residents are allotted four vacation weeks per year. In addition, the Program has a liberal leave of absence policy for residents who are new parents, require medical leave, or need to care for a seriously ill family member.


All residents and clinical fellows appointed to the Beth Israel Deaconess Surgical Service must have either a current limited license or a full license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Applications for the limited license may be obtained from the Surgical Education Office. Limited licenses must be renewed every year, up to a maximum of five years. The cost of the license is $100 annually.

Applications for full licensure should be made directly to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, 200 Harvard Mill Square, Suite 330 Wakefield, MA 01880. Please contact with questions.

Application Process and Deadline

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Surgical Residency Program participates in ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. The program selects interns through the National Resident Matching Program in accordance with the policies established by the NRMP. 

Deadline for receipt of all application documents is November 1. All applicants are required to pass USMLE Step-2 before starting in a first year position.


Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character. Qualified individuals will be invited to interview. Interviews are held on selected Wednesdays from November through the following January. No interviews are scheduled without an invitation, and no individual interviews are scheduled outside of these scheduled sessions. Any candidate who is invited to interview must contact the surgery education office to confirm acceptance of the invitation.