Salaries and Benefits



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.

All residents are paid by the Graduate Medical Education office and receive the same salary for the group PGY level. Compensation rates and benefits are included in the Agreement of Appointment which must be reviewed and signed by each new resident prior to the start of residency:
Agreement of Appointment

GME Contact Info

920 Madison Avenue, Suite 447
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5364
Fax: (901) 448-6182[BROKEN LINK]

Book Fund

Each resident is allotted a $650 for the first year, then $450 each subsequent year. GME (Graduate Medical Education) will provide incoming interns (PGY-1) with a $300.00 Apple Store certificate towards the purchase of an Apple iPad. After making your purchase, return the receipt to the Resident Education Office for your reimbursement. You may also purchase books from Medical Center Book and Supply at 737 Madison. The store will call and verify that you have funds available and will then bill the pediatric office for your purchase. You may use these funds to purchase publications/memberships, pay for USMLE Step 3, and can use up to $700 toward boards if taken during your graduation year. Any unused funds carry over to the next year.

Senior Trip Fund

Each senior resident is encouraged to begin the life-long practice of continuing education. Residents must use their vacation days to attend conferences. A $1000 education stipend per resident is allocated to help defer your expenses to attend this conference.

You should select the conference and then discuss it with your assigned advisor before applying for the leave or the funds. These funds cannot be used for the purchase of textbooks, or supplies. These funds may be used to purchase a major board review course (including DVD set). Travel requests need to be made through the resident’s office as early as possible. Do not spend any funds until after you have received approval through the residency office.

Your senior trip may be scheduled during any elective month. Requests should be made at least two months in advance so that your call days can be arranged around the leave dates.

Arrangements for disbursement from the Education fund must be made in advance with the Residency Education Office. Receipts are required for all expenses.

Vacation Policy

The vacation policy for the Pediatric Residency Program is as follows:

Training Level Vacation Rotation
PL-1 3 Weeks OTP/Elective
PL-2 3 Weeks Elective/adolescent/B&D
PL-3 3 Weeks Elective/community pediatrics
MP-1 3 Weeks (1 on Peds) OTP
MP-2 3 Weeks (2 on Peds) Adolescent/Elective
MP-3 3 Weeks (1 on Peds) OTP/Elective
MP-4 3 Weeks (2 on Peds) Elective

Vacations may be taken one week at a time (5 weekdays). The Chief Residents try to give the weekend before and after vacation off. Any exceptions to this must be approved well in advance by the Chief Resident.

The months that you will have vacation are determined by the master schedule. The chief residents will email you several months in advance for vacation requests (which week of the month you would like to take off). Approvals will be made based on order of submission.

Leave (General)

Please notify the chief residents of your absence from a rotation no matter what the reason, even if approved by your attending. When you return from a leave (whether sick, maternity, etc), please sign the “leave sheet” in your personnel file in the Housestaff office. We are required to report all absences to the GME office.

You must complete at least 3 weeks of a required rotation or core elective in order to receive credit for that rotation. You must complete 2 weeks of any non-core elective to receive credit.

For pediatric residents, you must complete 33 out of 36 months to complete your residency. This does not include vacations and leave. Med/peds residents must complete 44/48 months. You are allowed up to 12 weeks of leave during your residency, but this includes 9 weeks of vacation. Therefore, there are only 3 additional leave weeks available and any additional leave will extend your residency.

Sick Leave

Residents accumulate 21 days of sick leave per year. Sick leave days do not carry over from year to year.

If a resident is sick, he or she must contact the Chief Resident as soon as possible. If coverage is required, it will be arranged utilizing the backup system. Please see that section for details.

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is based on the following:

  • University of Tennessee policy allows 21 working days of paid sick leave. This translates to 4 calendar weeks.
  • The American Board of Pediatrics requires that a Pediatric Resident complete a minimum of 33 months of residency to be Board Eligible.

Each resident will take three weeks of vacation each year. This leaves only 3 weeks out of the entire residency that may be taken for any other purpose without requiring that the residency be extended to fulfill the 33 month requirement.

To avoid extending the length of the residency, a resident may take 3 weeks of sick leave plus any vacation time for the particular year. University policy prevents holding vacation over from one year to the next. The vacation time and sick leave time may be combined to generate a block of maternity leave.

In addition there is the option of taking additional time off without pay (after the 21 sick days and vacation days), if desired or necessary, and extending the length of your residency. This must be approved by the Program Director.

Please notify the Chief Resident as soon as you know that you will need Maternity Leave so that the proper scheduling arrangements can be made. When the baby is born, please let the Chief Resident know promptly.

Paternity Leave

A parent housestaff member other than the birth mother may use seven (7) days of paid sick leave to assist with parental duties commencing with the birth of the child. Additional paid time may be taken using any available annual leave.

Again, please notify the Chief Resident as soon as you know you or your spouse is expecting, and as soon as the baby is born.

Moonlighting Policy

Moonlighting provides residents with the opportunity for valuable, extra educational experiences and supplemental income. Careful personal appraisal of the progress through the residency is warranted prior to assuming the additional time requirements that moonlighting requires. Moonlighting can become a problem both professionally and personally if it consumes too much of the resident’s time.

If financial problems develop, please talk with your advisor about other potential options rather than immediately assuming that you must moonlight to correct the problem.

The Department of Pediatrics realizes that moonlighting can be a valuable experience, but that it can also easily become problematic for the resident. Therefore several guidelines have been developed for moonlighting.

  • PL-1’s are not allowed to moonlight.
  • Any resident wishing to moonlight must request in writing permission to do so from the Program Director. The Program Director is responsible for inappropriate moonlighting. A monthly schedule must be turned in to Karen or the peds chiefs prior to moonlighting.
  • Moonlighting at a university facility (ED, UCC, NBC, ICU) will count towards that resident’s weekly duty hours. Moonlighting at non-university settings (Peds East) do not count towards duty hours, but still must be approved.
  • Residents rotating on an every-4th or 5th -night-call rotation are not allowed to moonlight.
  • Moonlighting activities should never interfere with assigned duties, call, or backup call.
  • Moonlighting is not allowed during leave of absence, sick leave, maternity or paternity leave.
  • The faculty advisor will handle impairment of performance thought to be due to excessive moonlighting, as with any other impairment.
  • Residents may not moonlight on-call, pre-call, post-call, or when on back up call.

Moonlighting opportunities include the following places:

  • Le Bonheur ED – Available to licensed PL-3s and MP-4s by invitation only. Malpractice is arranged through PSR.
  • Methodist Germantown ED – Available to licensed MP-4s by invitation only. Malpractice is arranged through Methodist Germantown.
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University of Tennessee
Pediatric Residency Program
50 N. Dunlap St., Box 20
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-287-6756

Resident Coordinator

Karen Ariemma
Phone: 901-287-6210
Toll Free: 800-733-6371

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Memphis, TN 38103
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