Salary & Benefits

Dear Applicant,

We are pleased that you are considering Howard University Hospital (HUH) for your postgraduate training. As you have been invited to interview with us, we wish to take this time to briefly outline the eligibility requirements and benefits of postgraduate training at HUH.

Resident Eligibility

Below are listed the respective requirements, by discipline, for prospective residents:

Medical Residents/ Fellows
A candidate must:

  • be a graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or
  • be a graduate of a college or osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or
  • be a graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada who meets one of the following qualifications –
  • has received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or
  • has a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction or
  • has completed a Fifth Pathway Program provided by a LCME-accredited medical school;
  • have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS or COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2, as applicable and,
  • be able meet regulations of the District of Columbia Board of Medicine regarding either medical training licensure or regular licensure. 

Dental/ Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residents
A candidate must:

  • possess a DDS or DMD degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school;
  • have passed Part I of the National Board Examination and taken Part II for the General Dentistry residency or
  • have passed Part I and Part II of the National Board Examination for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency; and,
  • be able to meet District of Columbia regulations regarding licensure.

Pharmacy Residents
A candidate must:

  • meet all requirements for acceptance as specified by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists;
  • have been awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a pharmacy school accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education;
  • have passed the NAPLEX or MPJE; and,
  • be able to meet the District of Columbia regulations regarding pharmacist licensure.

Requirements for all residents: Prior to beginning your residency, verification of your graduation will be obtained from the school where you matriculated.  You will be required to undergo a background check, pre-employment drug screen and a physical examination. You will also be required to have a social security number prior to beginning employment.  If applicable, you must also hold a valid visa and current ECFMG certificate.

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
Phone: 215-386-5900

Salary for House Staff - (New Annual Salary Effective July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 )

  • PGY 1 - $55,054.11
  • PGY 2 - $56,434.35
  • PGY 3 - $58,805.99
  • PGY 4 - $61,709.80
  • PGY 5 - $64,734.44
  • PGY 6 - $68,001.06


The following benefits are provided to all house staff employed by HUH:

  1. Health Insurance (cost to be shared by HUH and house staff)
  2. Life Insurance
  3. Disability Insurance
  4. Professional Liability Insurance
  5. Leave
    • Annual 18 Days per academic year
    • Sick 13 Days per academic year
    • Administrative leave
    • Leave without pay
    • Family and medical leave (DCFMLA)
  6. Meals ($150 per month meal allowance)
  7. Free Parking
  8. Educational Allowance: Pgy 1  $700, Pgy 2  $900, Pgy 3 and higher  $1000
  9. 24/7 access to a fully equipped fitness room
  10. Calls rooms
  11. Computer resource center
  12. Laundry services (for white coats and scrubs)
  13. Workmen's compensation

Additional benefits include the following:

  • Reimbursement for the cost of obtaining a DC license if and when required to continue training (after five (5) years or on completion of a postgraduate clinical training program or whichever comes first).  Please note that regardless of your year of training, you must obtain a license to practice in the District of Columbia prior to beginning residency if you currently have a license in another state,   
  • Reimbursement for approved expenses incurred in connection with oral or poster presentation at local, national or international meetings, and    
  • Financial support for specialty board review course during final year of training up to $1000

On behalf of the administration, thank you for considering HUH in your next phase of the medical education continuum.

“Howard University is an equal opportunity employer. If an applicant finds that their rejection was based on a discriminatory reason, he or she may file a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights.  To learn more information on how to file a complaint, the employee may contact the D.C. Office of Human Rights at: 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 570N, Washington, D.C. 20001; Phone: (202) 727-4559; Fax: (202) 727-9589; TTY: 771; Email:”

Peter L. Sealy, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Designated Institutional Official