Residency Benefits


2014-2015 Resident Compensation Rates for ACGME-Accredited Programs

PGY Level Base Annual with Disability
Life Benefits *
Monthly *
PGY 1 $48,600.00 $49,200.00 $4,100.00
PGY 2 $50,400.00 $51,000.00 $4,250.00
PGY 3 $52,000.00 $52,600.00 $4,383.33
PGY 4 $54,000.00 $54,600.00 $4,550.00
PGY 5 $55,600.00 $56,200.00 $4,683.33
PGY 6 $57,400.00 $58,000.00 $4,833.33
PGY 7 $60,700.00 $61,300.00 $5,108.33

*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.


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

Humanism Scholarship

Definition: This monetary scholarship of $10,000 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 scholarship 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 scholarship 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.

Award: This will be a $10,000 award to the incoming resident at the time of entry in the residency program (July 1st).

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

2012 Allen Vantrease, MD
2011 Johnny Hammons, MD
2010 Kelsey Burr, MD
2009 Susan Harwell, MD
2008 Jennifer Carman, MD


Residents are allowed 4 weeks paid vacation per year, which are taken in 1-week increments during subspecialty blocks.


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.


All meals are provided to housestaff at no cost, on and off call.

Maternity/Paternity Leave

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

Child Care

Residents who have children are eligible to enroll them in the Saint Thomas Family Center at a reduced rate.

The University of Tennessee Letter of Agreement, Policy, Guidelines

For information regarding the letter of agreement, policy, and guidelines, see GME policy #115.

UTHSC Internal Medicine

Tracey Doering, M.D.
Program Director

Tracy Bradley
Resident Coordinator

Department of Medicine
St. Thomas Midtown Hospital
2000 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37236
Phone: 615-284-2522
Fax: 615-284-1694