Benefits & Salary

2021-2022 Resident Compensation Rates for ACGME-Accredited Programs

pgy level base annual Monthly base annual + life and Disability*
PGY-1 54,996 4,638 55,656
PGY-2 57,000 4,805 57,660
PGY-3 59,004 4,972 59,664

*In addition to the base salary, those residents participating in the individual 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.

Stipend & Meals

The educational stipend for categorical residents is $3,000. 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

Meals - Meals are provided to housestaff at no cost, on and off call.

Humanism Award

Definition: This will be awarded to an incoming PGY-1 resident for recognition of a commitment to humanism in medicine, encompassing altruism, respect, empathy, integrity, compassion and service.

Purpose: The purpose of this award is to encourage students in their pursuit of humanism, particularly as it relates to the mission of our health ministry, and to their future in the practice of medicine. As the numbers of students entering internal medicine continues to decline, the award will assist in attracting students with a commitment to humanism to our program. The recipient will hopefully develop a lifelong commitment to this pursuit and mentor others to this career path.

Selection Criteria: All students who have matched to our categorical internal medicine position will be eligible. Nominations will be made by the full-time faculty, after assessment of the student's accomplishments during the undergraduate and medical school and their future interest in the area of humanism in medicine.

Expectations of the recipient: It will be anticipated that the resident will continue his/her efforts to further the contributions of humanism in medicine. This could be done in a variety of ways, including service to those patients in psychosocial need, conferences to enlighten other residents and ancillary personnel in these areas or an appointment to committees that further this pursuit (such as the Ethics Committee or other potential venues). It will be expected that this resident will attend the quarterly "Meaning of Medicine" retreats and some of the monthly evening meetings when possible. The Faculty will oversee and help to mentor the resident in these achievements.

Recent Recipients:

  • 2017 Mary Gadalla, MD
  • ​2016 Imran Huda, MD
  • 2015 Rebecca J. Morey, MD
  • 2014 Courtney Cummings, MD
  • 2013 Brian Perrin, MD
  • 2012 Allen Vantrease, MD
  • 2011 Johnny Hammons, MD
  • 2010 Kelsey Burr, MD
  • 2009 Susan Harwell, MD
  • 2008 Jennifer Carman, MD


Residents are allowed paid annual leave of three weeks per twelve-month period.  Paid leave may be taken in 1-week increments during subspecialty blocks. Additionally, there is an assigned week off during the holiday schedule for the week of Christmas or the week of New Year’s as a vacation.


Please see the GME policy on Insurance for more information.

  • Life - no cost. Covered by the University of Tennessee.
  • Disability - no cost. Covered by the University of Tennessee.
  • Malpractice - no cost. Covered under the provisions of Tennessee's Claims Commission Act.
  • Health/Dental - through Cigna Healthcare. Cost is shared by the University of Tennessee.

Maternity/Paternity Leave

Both maternity and paternity leave are available and can be arranged to accommodate one's individual schedule.

GME Policies and Procedures

Additional resources are available for disability, leave, malpractice insurance, etc. You can find details here.

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