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Salary, Benefits, and Leave

2017-2018 Resident Compensation Rates for ACGME-Accredited Programs

PGY Level Base Annual with Disability
Life Benefits *
Monthly *
PGY 1 $50,640.00  $51,240.00 $4,270.00
PGY 2 $52,404.00 $53,004.00 $4,417.00
PGY 3 $54,000.00 $54,600.00 $4,550.00
PGY 4 $56,400.00 $57,000.00 $4,750.00
PGY 5 $58,104.00 $58,704.00 $4,892.00
PGY 6 $60,840.00 $61,440.00 $5,120.00
PGY 7 $63,120.00 $63,720.00 $5,310.00

*In addition to the base salary, those residents participating in the disability and group life insurance programs provided through GME currently receive an additional $600 per year for disability and life insurance benefits as shown above in Column 3. 

For more resident salary information, please see GME Policy #210.

Fringe benefits include:

Library Resources

Residents and fellows have access to the UTHSC Library.  This includes catalog and database searches, e-books, e-journal finder, and study carrels. Please contact the library to get an access code for use with all on-line services of the library.


Residents and fellows may obtain healthcare (health, dental, and vision), life, and disability insurance. A detailed overview of insurance is available on the GME Insurance page.

University Health also offers a number of services to support employees, including housestaff.  

See GME Policy #230 and #240 (Protection Against Liability) for more information.


Residents may take up to three (3) weeks of annual leave per year. Annual leave is not accumulated from year to year. Residents do not receive pay for unused annual leave.

Educational Leave

Educational leave can be taken during fellowship with approval from the Program Director.

Sick Leave

Fellows accumulate three (3) weeks of sick leave per year. Sick leave is non-cumulative from year to year. Residents are not paid for unused sick leave.

Parental Leave

Parental leave is available to residents for the birth or adoption of a child. Sick leave and annual leave may be used in order for the resident's salary to continue. Additional time is permitted with the approval of the Program Director and will be leave without pay. Due to ASCO/ASH rules, time off may delay completion of the fellowship.

GME Policies and Procedures

A full list of resident/fellow Policies and Procedures is available on the GME web site.


  • Four white coats provided by the program to PGY-1s, embroidered with the resident’s name. Three white coats provided each subsequent year.
  • Four sets of scrubs provided by the Pediatrics Program, with replacements yearly as needed.
  • Two sets of scrubs provided by the Internal Medicine Program.


All residents receive an alpha-numeric pager, retained for the duration of their residency.


Money for meals is provided through a debit system put on the residents ID badge at Le Bonheur and and Methodist University Hospital. Meal cards are distributed monthly when assigned to Regional One Health. Many of the noon conferences have lunch provided.


Controlled access parking garages and lots are available to all residents at no cost.

Education Stipend

An Education/Book Stipend is provided for Medicine/Pediatric residents for the purchase of textbooks, journal subscriptions or educational software.

On Call Rooms

Individual on-call rooms are provided for each resident in each hospital.

Professional Memberships

A free membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics entitles residents to a copy of the most recent Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (the Redbook), subscriptions to Pediatrics, Pediatrics In Review and The AAP News and membership in the Resident Section of the AAP.

The program pays for every resident’s membership to the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP provides programs, products, and services that are of special interest to residents, including Associate Abstract Competitions, and a subscription to Annals of Internal Medicine.

Professional Meeting

Residents at the PGY3 and PGY4 level may attend one major national meeting for up to 5 days. Expenses are reimbursed, up to $1,000.

Miscellaneous Benefits

  • Free literature computer searches through the Le Bonheur, St. Jude and University of Tennessee Health Science Center libraries.
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Course and Certification, as part of the orientation program. The Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS) Course is provided during the NICU rotation.
  • Hepatitis B, rubella, PPD and VZV screening. Hep A, varicella, Hep B, influenza and measles vaccines if needed, at no cost.
  • Discounts on computer hardware and software.
  • Two resident lounges with television, refrigerator, microwave oven, hospital and university computers with modem access to literature searches are provided.
  • A Tennessee medical license is not required for residency-related activities. An institutional permit covers residents.

Last Published: Dec 6, 2017