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.

The MATCH

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).

Interviews

Interviews are an essential part of our resident selection process. Upon completion of the ERAS application, all materials are reviewed carefully by the review committee and invitations to interview are extended to selected candidates. Interviews are conducted during October, November and December each year. Scheduled applicants are provided one night's lodging at a nearby hotel, dinner the evening prior to the interview, and breakfast/lunch on the interview day. The interview day begins with breakfast with the residents followed by several scheduled interviews with the pathology faculty. After lunch with the residents, the applicant is given a tour of the facility and can expect to complete the interview day by 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.

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.

2017-2018 Academic Year Resident Salaries*

 

  Annual Monthly
PGY1 $50,023 $4,169
PGY2 $51,553 $4,296
PGY3 $53,454 $4,455
PGY4 $55,547 $4,629

*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.
Insurance

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.
Educational Benetics

Additional Courses provided by the Graduate School of Medicine:

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

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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