The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Department of Pathology

Salary and Benefits

2020-2021 Academic Year Resident Salaries*

  FY21 Annual FY21 Monthly
PGY1 $52,000 $4,333
PGY2 $52,850 $4,404
PGY3 $54,529 $4,544
PGY4 $56,663 $4,722
PGY5 $58,606 $4,884
PGY6 $60,140 $5,012
PGY7 $62,148 $5,179

*To offset the cost of Disability and Life Insurance Premiums $600 has been added to your annual salary. 
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. 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 design and statistics
  • Foundational Curriculum

During resident orientation, first year residents are initially provided the following textbooks
by 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
  • Manual of Surgical Pathology: Expert Consult (Gross manual)
Simulation Center Available for all residents in all training programs with emphasis on surgical and procedural practice.
Uniforms Monogrammed white lab coats 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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