Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Benefits & Leave

Resident Stipend Scale 2016-2017 

PGY Level Annual Stipend
Including Life &
Disability Offset
Monthly Gross
PGY-1        $ 50,200  $ 4,183.33
PGY-2        $ 52,000  $ 4,333.33
PGY-3        $ 53,600  $ 4,466.67
PGY-4        $ 55,900  $ 4,658.33
PGY-5        $ 57,600  $ 4,800.00
PGY-6        $ 60,000  $ 5,000.00
PGY-7*        $ 62,500  $ 5,208.00


*PGY-7 stipends are applicable only for 2nd Year Vascular Fellows or a Surgical Critical Care Fellow who begins after completing our six year Surgery Residency.  Typically, our Surgical Critical Care Fellows from within our Surgery Residency start the fellowship at the PGY-4 pay level and then end at the PGY-5 pay level.

The stipend scale includes $600 per year ($50 per month) offset for disability and life insurance premium offset.  


Surgery Residency Benefits include:




Call Quarters

Erlanger provides comfortable call quarters for residents and fellows within the hospital with snacks and drinks during evening hours in the call quarters lounge.


Resident Insurance Benefits

The University provides excellent group insurance plans beginning the first day of residency or fellowship training--

  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Life insurance ($100,000 benefit)
  • Long-term disability insurance (choose monthly benefit of $1500, $2500, $4000, or $5000)

Vacation and Leave

The University provides up to three weeks vacation per year, including a few days or week during the Christmas and New Years Season).  Residents are not guaranteed holiday leave unless the service or area to which the resident is assigned is closed for the holiday.  Annual sick leave is available, as well as parental leave in accordance with University policies.  The American Board of Surgery stipulates that for each year of training in General Surgery, at least 48 weeks of training and rotations are required, excluding any leave (including leaves such as sick leave, maternity or family leave, etc.).  Time off in excess of four weeks each year must be made up in accordance with Board requirements.


Educational (Conference) Leave

The program permits up to one week educational conference leave each year.  Funds are available from the department at the discretion of the Chair and Program Director.  Reimbursement is subject to University of Tennessee Travel and Reimbursement Policies and Procedures.


Immunity from Professional Liability (i.e., Malpractice)

As employees of the State of Tennessee, residents are protected against suits for malpractice via the Tennessee Claims Commission Act. The State is self-insured so there is no insurance carrier; however, coverage is similar to what would be stated in coverage is similar to what would be stated in an insurance policy.


Reimbursement for Professional Development Expenses

Each program has some funding that may be used at the discretion of the Chair and Program Director for reimbursement toward professional developent (e.g., regional or national conference, textbooks, electronic CME materials, USMLE Step 3 fee, etc.), Amounts may vary by program and by level.


Other GME Benefits

  • Orientation stipend for incoming Residents and Fellows ($250)
  • Initial GME Electronic Communication Fee ($500)
  • Funding for call meals at primary affiliated site - Erlanger ($1560 meal card annually)
  • Initial certifications at no charge (BLS, ACLS, and ATLS)
  • Alpha digital pagers provided by Erlanger at no charge
  • Covered parking (at no charge in the hospital parking garage)
  • White, monogrammed lab coats each year
  • Hepatitis B immunization and other required immunizations, annual TB skin testing, and flu vaccines at no charge
  • Web email accounts at no charge
  • Medical Library
  • 24 hour computer access for research and personal use
  • 24 hour access in Erlanger and access form anywhere outside the hosopital via Physician Portal, including electronic resources (e.g., Up-to-Date and Visicual DX)
  • Copying privileges at no charge in the local UT Medical Library
  • Access to all electronic databases via the UT Health Science Center Library (in Memphis) via the Internet and UT Net ID login
  • Funding available via departments toward presentations at regional and national conferences -- at the discretion of the Chair and Program Director
  • Local CME conferences and seminars spnosored by the University - at no charge to Residents and Fellows
  • Resident/Fellow organization
  • Availability of on-site child care available at the hospital (Erlanger e-Kids) on a space available basis and at a discounted rate equivalent to Erlanger employees
  • Notary service at no charge
  • Resident Assistance Program for counseling, legal, and financial matters (ENI)
  • AIRS Program - Aid to Impaired Residents -- offers intervention and assistance to Residents and Fellows who admit impairment and comply with recommended treatment. Given compliance with treatment guidelines, every effort is made to allow a Resident or Fellow to continue and complete residency training and benefits.
  • Exercise room in Erlanger at no charge
  • AMA Introduction to the Practice of Medicine online modules at no charge
  • IHI Open School Patient Safety and Quality Improvement online modules at no charge
  • Workers Compensation coverage for work-related illness, accident, or expoisure
  • Free post office box at the Erlanger US Post Office
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) -- membership available at a discounted fee of $150 per six months plus one-time $15 fee. Spouse membership also available at discounted rate of $75 per six months plus a one-time $15 fee

 Updated 10/16/2016

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