Salary and Benefits

2019-2020 Resident Compensation Rates for ACGME-Accredited Programs

PGY Level

Base Annual

With Disability ​Life Benefits*


*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.


The educational stipend for categorical residents is $5,000. A variety of educational materials are covered, per the Reimbursement Guidelines for UTGME Support Dollars.

PGY-1:   $1,000
PGY-2:  $1,000
PGY-3:  $1,000
PGY-4:  $1,000
​PGY-5:  $1,000


Paid annual leave of three (3) weeks per twelve month period.
Sick leave of three (3) weeks per twelve month period for absences due to personal or family (spouse, child, or parent) illness or injury.

Insurance Coverage

Health insurance is required and administrated by CIGNA Healthcare. Residents pay 20% of the premium for the health coverage selected.
Life and Disability Insurance plans are also offered. More details on these policies can be found here.

On Call Meals

General Surgery Residents will have access to meals at no charge through the physicians’ dining room. During hours when the physicians’ dining room is closed, residents can use a meal card at the hospital cafeteria, Parkside Café. The meal card will be provided at orientation with an allotted amount preloaded on the card.

White Coats

Each incoming resident will be provided with three personalized white coats and one coat each year thereafter as necessary.


Each incoming resident will be provided with a pair of Surgical Loupes through The William H. Edwards Endowment for Education in Vascular Surgery.


Each incoming resident will be assigned a laptop for use during the course of their training.  Additionally, residents will have access to computers in all clinical areas, as well as the medical library.

Library Resources

Residents have access to the medical libraries of both the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Saint Thomas Health.  The combined resources include over 6,000 electronic journal subscriptions and 1,200 electronic books.  There is a full time, Master’s-trained Medical Librarian on-site and available to residents at the program’s primary site, Saint Thomas West Hospital, as well as Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.  The librarians are available to assist residents in navigating the resources of both Saint Thomas Health and UTHSC, perform literature searches, support scholarly activity, and provide many other services that benefit residents during the course of their training.

Visit the library websites for more information:

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