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The Department of Anesthesiology

Information for Applicants

Chiefs' Message

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at UT Knoxville. We are happy that you are considering our program. We take great pride in the excellent clinical training we receive, the research and educational opportunities offered, and the warm, collegial environment amongst our residents, the mid-level providers and students, and our attending anesthesiologists. Regarding our clinical experience, we have a unique opportunity in the fact that we do fellow-level cases and procedures as residents since we do not currently have any clinical fellows in our department. Our program is uniquely situated in an academic medical center with private practice physicians, giving us exposure to and preparation for the private practice world, all the while offering the educational and research experiences provided in an academic medical center. Life in Knoxville isn’t bad, either, with a low cost of living, no state income tax, and no wait at the airport (just ten minutes from the hospital!). Our work-life balance in residency is unparalleled, making it possible to enjoy our families, the Great Smoky Mountains--just one hour away-- and the beautiful rolling foothills of East Tennessee. 

Madeleine Garren, MD
Daniel Halle, MD
Chief Residents, 2019-2020

Application Process

All applications to the program must be submitted using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Our residency program is listed as "University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville" and our ACGME program ID is: 0404711144. The deadline for applications is November 1.

Applications will be reviewed only when complete; a complete application must contain the following items:

  1. Application
  2. Personal statement
  3. At least 3 letters of recommendation
  4. USMLE scores
  5. Medical school transcript
  6. Medical Student Performance Evaluation (a.k.a. “Dean’s Letter”)


Interviews are an essential part of our resident selection process. Upon completion of the ERAS application, all materials are reviewed carefully and invitations to interview are extended to selected candidates. Interviews are conducted in November and December each year.

The Department of Anesthesiology provides a one night's hotel stay for candidates, in addition to dinner the evening prior to the interview, and breakfast/lunch on the interview day.

2019-2020 Academic Year Resident Salaries*

  Annual Monthly
PGY1 $50,523 $4,210
PGY2 $52,069 $4,399
PGY3 $53,989 $4,499
PGY4 $56,102 $4,675

*To Cover Cost of Disability and Life Insurance Premiums $600 annually has been added.
A resident stipend is determined by the currently assigned PGY level and is unrelated to the number of prior months or years of previous GME completed by the resident.

Additional Benefits

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine provides a comprehensive benefits package to residents which includes, but is not limited to:

Medical Insurance Medical Center Pays 80%, Resident Pays 20% Co-Payment, Individual, Individual & Spouse, Individual & Children, or Family Coverage
Life Insurance $100,000 (Double Indemnity Accidental) Liability - Provided by Tennessee State Board of Claims (Limited to Residency Program Activities)
Disability Insurance $1,500 Per Month
Vacation/Sick Leave 20 days per year
Meals Stipend provided for call coverage
Parking Free parking is provided

Resident travel is financially supported by both the Graduate School of Medicine and Department of Anesthesiology for presentations at national meetings.

International travel for resident and fellow presentations will no longer be supported by GME funds.  Accordingly, residents and fellows seeking GME funding for travel should not submit abstracts to
meetings outside the contiguous 48 states.  Abstract submissions for travel to Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. territories must be original research and have the prior approval of the Department Chair and the Assistant Dean of GME in consultation with the Dean.  Departments may elect to support international travel for residents and fellows through non-GME funding sources

Payment for Publications

GME funds can be used to pay for resident and fellow publication costs up to $1500 per accepted manuscript.  To qualify, publications must meet the following criteria:  (1) resident or fellow must be first or second author on the paper, (2) original research only (3) the journal must be PubMed cited and peer reviewed, and (4) the Impact Factor of the journal must exceed 1.5.  Journal submission or membership fees will not be supported by GME funds. Residents should first check the impact factor of the journal of interest before submitting the manuscript.


Several core textbooks are provided by the Department of Anesthesiology in addition to stipend for residents to use towards the purchase of textbooks of their choice.

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