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Salary, Benefits, and Leave

2023-2024 Trainee Compensation Rates for ACGME-Accredited Programs

PGY Level Base Annual with Disability Life Benefits*
73,284 .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 $660 per year for disability and life insurance benefits as shown above in Column 3. Residents not participating do not receive this stipend.

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

Fringe benefits include:

Library Resources

Residents and fellows have access to the UT Health Science Center 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 and fellows may take up to:

  • three (3) weeks of annual leave per a twelve-month period
  • three (3) weeks of sick leave per a twelve-month period
  • up to 10 days per twelve-month period for educational leave (granted with the approval of the Program Director)
  • up to 12 weeks FMLA and/or four months leave (paid or unpaid) for the birth or adoption of a child
  • three (3) days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member

See GME Policy #220 for specifics on leave.

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.

Resident Parents

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.
  • Access to MKSAP and Pedialink, as well as NEJM 360 and NEJM Knowledge+ question bank
Feb 14, 2024