Benefits and Resources

The BWH Internal Medicine Residency is fortunate to have and provide generous access to a wide variety of supplemental financial and other benefits to ease the burden of training and any relocations required.


Financial Assistance

  • The Mass General Brigham Lease Guaranty Program furnishes the initial cost of rental housing.
  • Christian-Weiss Loan Program: The IM Residency has a long-standing commitment to assisting residents with financial needs in the form of interest-free loans, which all interns and residents are eligible to draw on. The fund draws its name from the first two Department Chairs and can be used for any purpose. 
  • All Mass General Brigham interns, residents, and fellows are eligible to join Harvard University Credit Union and RTN Federal Credit Union, both of which offer financial programs geared to trainees.
  • Housestaff Helping Hands Program (HHHP): This fund was established by grateful residency alumni to decrease the debt burden of young physicians so that they can make career decisions based on passion rather than financial need. These grants are made yearly and are renewable based solely on documentation of financial need. 
  • Academic Conferences and away rotations: For residents participating in elective away rotations and/or invited to give oral presentations, the program will reimburse one night hotel and airfare, up to $750 per year ($1500 for international), renewable each year.

Project Support

  • Project-specific funding (supplies, research assistants, data collection, travel, etc.) is available to BWH internal medicine residents in many forms, including through our annual internal grant programs such as the Martin P. Solomon Scholars in Medical Education Fund (up to $10,000 per project) and the Rappaport Award for Medical Innovation (up to $30,000 per project).
  • Each pathway has resident project funding (and mentorship) available.
  • Residents in the Science in Residency physician-scientist pathway have access to a residency-funded research assistant to collect biospecimens from patients and assist with translational research projects while residents are on busy inpatient rotations.
  • The residency provides free biostatistical consultation for resident research administered through the Harvard Catalyst Program.

Parental Leave and Childcare Resources

  • Parental leave adheres to the MGB regulations and encompasses 8 weeks of paid, consecutive leave, with the option to extend to 12 weeks using vacation time.
  • The residency is committed to providing support, space and resources for lactation.
  • BWH offers backup childcare for benefits-eligible employees with children from infancy through 12 years of age at a rate of $8/hr, 2-hour minimum. Parents can use the emergency backup care a maximum of 20 days per fiscal year. Childcare is at 850 Boylston Street.

Day-to-Day Benefits

  • DPH (“Designated Pinch Hitter”)
    • Residents rotate through our “DPH” sick-call pool as a formal rotation, which enables us to provide seamless coverage of unexpected inpatient needs without disruption of elective time.
  • Vacations and Holidays
    • Every resident receives 2 blocks (approximately 4 weeks) of vacation annually, and we make every effort to align vacation time with residents’ needs and preferences.
    • Interns start on June 20 and residents on June 29 each year, so that interns get an additional 8-day break between internship and residency. This system also allows graduating residents some time off to move, etc. before their next job or fellowship begin. 
    • In addition, interns and residents are provided 1 major holiday (5 days) off. Baring a schedule disaster (which has not happened in 20 years), senior residents (PGY-3) get a second major holiday off.  The major holidays are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
    • In lieu of Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, residents may elect to take other major religious holidays as their protected holiday block.
  • Meals:
    • Light breakfast is provided on weekdays at morning report
    • Lunch is provided on weekdays at noon conference
    • 6:00 pm meals are provided for twilight and overnight teams
    • Au Bon Pain meal cards are provided to every resident for use on weekends or otherwise
  • Transportation:
    • Cab vouchers are available from the residency office to residents who are traveling home after an extended shift or who are leaving the hospital at a time deemed inappropriate to walk or cycle home. 
  • Community:
    • Informal, community-building dinners amongst ambulatory resident cohorts are funded through the Jonathan Leong Community Building Dinner Series, named in memory of a former trainee who tragically died from a brain tumor.
    • We provide financial support for the significant others of our residents through the “Partners’ Partners” program, whereby significant others can organize and be reimbursed for social community building activities.

Educational Benefits

  • All residents are provided ACP Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) board review materials and question-bank in years 2 and 3 of residency.
  • Complimentary membership to ACP, which includes subscription to Annals of Internal Medicine and discounts on CME courses and meetings.
  • Complimentary membership to Massachusetts Medical Society, which includes online access to the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • All residents have academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, which provides a variety of additional perks, including access to the HMS Countway Library.

Additional Perks

  • The program offers free tickets to the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and three local art museums: The Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Gardner Museum and the Harvard Art Museum.
  • Residents are eligible for a variety of discounts and offers available through the BWH Employee Perks Program, including:
    • Discounted tickets to the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, and the Children’s Museum
    • Mobile phone and service discounts
    • Discounted movie passes
    • Discounted rates for ZipCar and Enterprise