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When I was an undergraduate, back before the earth's crust cooled, I got a student stipend for working in the chemistry lab, preparing unknowns, that sort of thing. There was no tax withheld and no social security taken. The income wasn't enough to pay tax on, and the student stipend wasn't subject to social security.
When I was a graduate student the same thing applied.
When I was a medical student I taught chemistry. As a faculty member my teaching salary was fully taxed although I was a student in the same institution (different campus). I was employed by the same university but it is quite possible the department that cut checks didn't know I was also a student. I'd been teaching chemistry the year before, before becoming a medical student, so human resources saw me as one of their teachers, er, assistant professors. Maybe I could have gotten the tax refunded?
But as a medical resident, things are different. As already pointed out, a resident is an employee of the hospital sponsoring that residency program. As an employee, all the taxes apply including medicare and social security.
Best wishes, Chris
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