Internal Medicine Stipends, Leave, & Benefits



Resident Stipend Scale 2018 - 2019*


PGY Level Annual Stipends
(Includes Disability
and Life Offset**) 
Monthly Gross
PGY-1 $ 52,380 $ 4,365
PGY-2 $ 54,180 $ 4,515
PGY-3 $ 55,800 $ 4,650


*Includes $600 per year ($50 per month) offset for disability and life insurance premium offset.




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 of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga provides excellent group insurance plans beginning the first day of residency 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. 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.


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 and may vary by PGY level.


Immunity from Professional Liability

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 development (e.g., regional or national conference, textbooks, electronic CME materials, USMLE Step 3 fee, etc.); Amounts vary by program and by level.  Internal Medicine provides $500 annually for PGY-1's, $750 annually for PGY-2's, and $1,000 annually for PGY-3's and fellows.


Other GME Benefits

  • Orientation stipend for incoming Residents and Fellows ($250)
  • Initial GME Electronic Communication Stipend ($500)
  • Meal stipend ($1200 annually)
  • Initial BLS and ACLS certifications at no charge
  • Alphanumeric digital pagers provided by Erlanger at no charge
  • Free Covered parking
  • Monogrammed lab coats each year
  • Hepatitis B immunization and other required immunizations, annual TB skin testing, and flu vaccines at no charge
  • Free encrypted web email accounts at no charge
  • UTHSC and Erlanger Medical Library 
    • 24 hour computer access for research and personal use
    • 24 hour access in Erlanger and access form anywhere outside the hospital via Physician Portal, including electronic resources (e.g., Up-to-Date and Visual DX)
    • Copying privileges at no charge in the Erlanger Medical Library
    • Access to all electronic databases via the UT Health Science Center Library (in Memphis) via the Internet and UT Net ID login
  • Local CME conferences and seminars sponsored by the University
  • 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
  • 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 exposure
  • Free post office box at the Erlanger USPS
  • Use of the Erlanger Volkswagen Work Out Facility at the employee discount rate
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) -- membership available at a discounted fee of $150 per six months plus one-time $10 fee.
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