Resident Benefits Summary

The Penn Diagnostic Radiology Residency program provides a number of additional benefits to support their residents throughout their residency and beyond with respect to personal and career development. Below is a summary of the benefits afforded residents in the Penn program.

Comprehensive health insurance is provided for residents, their spouses/domestic partners, and dependent children. Residents participate in a long-term disability plan and life insurance. Malpractice insurance is also covered by the residency program.

Residents enjoying a summer picnic and concert

Residents enjoying a summer picnic and concert

All residents receive 20 days of vacation each year. Residents can arrange to take vacation at the time of their choosing, including a guaranteed week off during one of the winter holidays if they desire to take vacation at this time. In addition, residents who have greater than 90% attendance at morning conferences each semester earn an additional vacation day for up to two additional vacation days over the course of each year. Note that attendance of academic conferences does not utilize vacation days.

Residents who have their research accepted for presentation at an academic conference will have their conference attendance funded by the program. This includes reimbursed airfare, hotel, and meal allowance for up to a total of $1,600.00 per conference. Residents may attend multiple conferences if their work is accepted for presentation.

In addition, residents with good morning conference attendance may attend one meeting, in their third or fourth year, regardless of whether research will be presented. The program will reimburse travel, hotel, and a meal allowance for academic meetings for a total amount of $1,600.00.

The Department provides each first year resident with $2,000 toward the purchase of a computer or other professionally related items or expenses. During the first year of residency, these computer funds can be combined with the additional $250 in educational funds that all residents receive for a total of $2,250 for the first year of residency.

Each resident receives $250.00 per year for educational use. Educational funds may be spent on books, electronic educational materials, including online subscriptions, purchases of Apps for mobile and portable devices, etc. The educational funds may also be applied toward the purchase of an iPad, Kindle, etc. for use of online educational materials. Funds can also be used towards board fees and other training related expenses.

Residents use their personal cell phone during training and are supplemented a maximum monthly reimbursement amount of $43.00 per month or a maximum yearly reimbursement of $516.00 at the beginning of each fiscal year. These funds can be used for educational use if not submitting for quarterly cell phone reimbursement.

The program provides each resident with custom fit, designer lead which residents can take with them at the end of the residency.

Class of 2016 in their new designer lead

Class of 2016 in their new designer lead

Many residents in the program choose to start families during their residency. The Penn program offers up to 12 weeks of FMLA for maternity leave or paternity leave to support residents during this exciting but often challenging time.

New members of the Penn Radiology Family

New members of the Penn Radiology Family

In addition, the University of Pennsylvania has three Penn affiliated childcare centers on or near campus including the Penn Children's Center - University of Pennsylvania ( which is just blocks away from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A variety of other childcare centers and schools are in close proximity to the hospital and available to fit the individual needs of each family. More information can be found at

Each week, from most rotations, residents with good conference attendance get one half day of academic time for research and other scholarly pursuits as part of the program's mission to foster a culture of intellectual curiosity and robust academic research.

Residents in the Penn program also have the opportunity to participate in after hours MRI moonlighting at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine starting in their second year of the Radiology Residency. Additional moonlighting is available on weekends in satellite locations in Valley Forge and Bucks County. Radiology residents in the Penn program, including first year residents, can elect to participate in the Aunt Minnie Case-of-the-Day Program which provides a unique opportunity to create educational web-based cases for

HTBAR (How to Be an Academic Radiologist) PROGRAM:
As part of the Penn Residency program's tradition of nurturing and developing the next generation of academic radiologists, the residency program has developed a two-week program for first-year residents specifically entitled "How to Be an Academic Radiologist" or HTBAR. The program is geared to prepare residents to conduct collaborative and independent research and to help them become academic leaders in the field of radiology. HTBAR is designed as two one-week blocks, the first week taking place in the month of January and the second in the month of May. Each week includes guest speakers from in and outside of the Penn community, workshops on research methods, mentorship and leadership, and discussions of the numerous career opportunities in Radiology, among other related activities. Residents are excused from their rotation responsibilities for each of the two weeks in order to participate.

The department pays tuition for the rotation at AIRP (American Institute for Radiologic Pathology). A living allowance of $1600 is also provided.

Penn residents have access to Penn libraries and library resources including online databases, electronic journals, multimedia and hard copy resources with borrowing privileges.

Penn residents can purchase a Penn gym membership which provides access to the University of Pennsylvania gyms and recreational facilities including the David Pottruck Health & Fitness Center, Hutchinson Gym, Robert A. Fox Fitness Center, and Sheerr Pool. Fitness centers offer a variety of fitness and wellness program including group exercise, spinning, personal training, instructional classes in dance, yoga, golf, swimming and other activities, as well as access to the Pottruck climbing wall. In addition, massage therapy and other health and wellness services are available on an appointment basis. More information can be found at