Salary & Benefits

2021-2022 Resident Compensation Rates for ACGME-Accredited Programs

PGY-1 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
PGY-4 61,320 5,165 61,980

*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.


A variety of educational materials are covered, per the Reimbursement Guidelines for UTHSC GME Support Dollars.  The educational stipend for categorical residents is as follows:

PGY 1 - $1,000
PGY 2 - $1,000
PGY 3 - $1,000
PGY 4 - $1,000


Residents are allowed 3 weeks paid vacation per year.


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.

Library Resources

Residents have access to the medical libraries of both the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Ascension Saint Thomas. 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, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown. The librarian is available to assist residents in navigating the resources of both Ascension Saint Thomas 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:
Ascension Saint Thomas

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