The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Department of Pathology

Information for Applicants

Application Process

The University of Tennessee Pathology Residency Program participates in the NRMP match and accepts applications only submitted through ERAS© will be considered. Our residency program is listed as "University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville Program" under Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. Our program ID is: 3004711335. The deadline for applications is December 1 for appointments beginning in July.

The following are the basic criteria used in the evaluation of all candidates considered for our program:

  1. ERAS Application
  2. Resume' or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Medical School Transcript (graduation date within 5 years)
  5. Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's letter when available)
  6. Three letters of reference
  7. Official transcript of USMLE or COMLEX scores

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS©)

The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS©) is the AAMC's residency application service that transmits residency applications to potential residency programs. ERAS Post Office opens September 15 to all ACGME accredited residency programs. This is the date that applications begin to be downloaded. Applicants selected to interview will be emailed information about how to schedule an interview day. Interviews are typically scheduled beginning the middle of October and completed by the middle of December.


Our program participates annually in the National Residency Matching Program (The MATCH). Applicants are “matched” to a program using the certified rank order lists (ROL) from the applicants and program directors. However, if an applicant remains “unmatched” they may obtain a possible available position through the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).

Note: Registration with ERAS does not register the applicant for any established Match. ERAS is a separate entity and does not provide matching services. Residency applicants must also register with the National Residency Matching Program (The MATCH).

Information for International Medical Graduates

Our residency program is open to international medical graduates. In order to be competitive, an applicant should have scores of at least 82 on both steps I and II CK of the USMLE on the first attempt and a passing score on Step 2 CS on the first attempt. Step 3 is not required, but applicants who have already passed may be given preference. Fluent conversational and written English is required. While prior US experience, including clinical training or an advanced degree, from a US institution is not required, it is desirable. The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine sponsors only J1 visas for residents.

2021-2022 Academic Year Resident Salaries*

  FY22 Annual FY22 Monthly
PGY1 $53,040 $4,420
PGY2 $53,907 $4,492
PGY3 $55,620 $4,635
PGY4 $57,796 $4,816
PGY5 $59,778 $4,982
PGY6 $61,343 $5,112
PGY7 $63,391 $5,283

*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

Vacation** 15 working days per year

Sick Leave

5 personal days per year
Holidays All University of Tennessee Holidays although the actual day awarded may vary due to patient care concerns.
Educational Leave 10 educational leave days are allowed per academic year
Bereavement Leave For immediate family
Leave of Absence Residents are granted leave of absence with particular arrangements with program criteria in compliance with Board requirements for absence from training.

Medical - Medical Center Pays 80%, Resident Pays 20% Co-Payment, Individual, Individual & Spouse, Individual & Children, or Family Coverage Disability - $1,500 Per Month
Benefit Life - $100,000 (Double Indemnity Accidental)
Liability - Provided by Tennessee State Board of Claims
(Limited to Residency Program Activities).

Educational Meetings

GSM supports resident travel to approved regional or national conferences when the resident is presenting an accepted poster, abstract or oral presentation, or to receive an award. Amount - $2,250 per such meeting.

The Department of Pathology supports one national conference or board review course during the four year residency program, up to $2,000.

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.

Educational Benefits

Additional Courses provided by the Graduate School of Medicine:

  • Business courses for the practicing physician and dentist
  • Research designs and statistics
  • Foundational Curriculum

The Department of Pathology provides each resident educational textbooks specific to their year of training to enhance their educational experience as a resident in Pathology.

Specifically, during orientation, first-year residents are initially provided the following textbooks by the department:

  • AJCC Staging Manual
  • Henry's - Clinical Dx & Mgmt by Lab Methods
  • Practical Guide to Transfusion Medicine
  • Histology for Pathologists
  • The Practice of Surgical Pathology: A Beginner's Guide to the Diagnostic Process
  • A Practical Guide to Frozen Section Technique
Simulation Center Available for all residents in all training programs with emphasis on surgical and procedural practice.
Uniforms Monogrammed white lab coats provided.
Fleece Jackets Monogrammed fleece jackets provided.
Meals Provided during on-call hours
Pagers Alpha-numeric pagers provided
Medical Library PubMed searches, photocopying, and computer laboratory provided. Library facility access is available 24/7.
Notary Notary services are provided
Parking Free parking provided by the Medical Center

**The amount of time a resident can be away from residency duties and still meet Board and or graduation requirements varies among the specialties. Each program will provide its residents with written program-specific policies on leave allowances and the effect of leaves of absence, for any reason, on satisfying the criteria for completion of that program.


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