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Salary, Benefits, and Leave

2019-2020 Resident and Fellow Compensation Rates for ACGME-Accredited Programs

PGY Level Base Annual with Disability
Life Benefits *
Monthly *
PGY 1 $52,956  $53,616 $4,468
PGY 2 $54,732 $55,392 $4,616
PGY 3 $56,460 $57,120 $4,760
PGY 4 $58,944 $59,604 $4,967
PGY 5 $61,164 $61,824 $5,152
PGY 6 $63,528 $64,188 $5,349
PGY 7 $65,904 $66,564 $5,547

*In addition to the base salary, those residents and fellows 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.

Fringe benefits include:

Library Resources

Residents and fellows have access to the UTHSC 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 year. Annual leave is not accumulated from year to year. Residents and fellows do not receive pay for unused annual leave.

Educational Leave

Educational leave can be taken during a residency or fellowship with approval from the Program Director.

Sick Leave

Residents and fellows accumulate three (3) weeks of sick leave per year. Sick leave is non-cumulative from year to year. Residents and fellows are not paid for unused sick leave.

Parental Leave

Parental leave is available to residents for the birth or adoption of a child. Sick leave and annual leave may be used in order for the resident's salary to continue. Additional time is permitted with the approval of the Program Director and will be leave without pay. Due to ASCO/ASH rules, time off may delay completion of the residency/fellowship.

GME Policies and Procedures

A full list of resident/fellow Policies and Procedures is available on the GME web site.

Last Published: Apr 1, 2019