Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Benefits & Leave
Resident Stipend Scale 2016-2017
*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:
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--
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