GME Fast Facts



UT College of Medicine Chattanooga

Graduate Medical Education Facts 2020-2021 

  1. Residents and Fellows in the Statewide Uiniversity of Tennessee Graduate Medical Education Program are considered student employees.  As a student employees there are required registration and onboarding procedures that must be completed.

  2. The Graduate Medical Education of the Chattanooga Campus is located in the Whitehall Building, across from the main Erlanger Health System, at 960 East Third Street, Suite 104, Chattanooga, TN  37403.  The phone # is 423.778.7442, 3899, or 3894.  The fax # is 423.778.3673.

  3. Residents and Fellows are paid by The University of Tennessee -- not the hospitals in which you work.  The University  is on a monthly payroll system.  Residents and Fellows in the UT Graduate Medical Education Program particpate in Social Security.  The current FICA (Social Security) tax rate is 7.65%.  Tennessee does not have a state income tax.  

  4. Since payday is the last working day of the month, you will receive your first UT paycheck on Friday, July 31, 2020Direct deposit is mandatory for all employees.  You will need to select a bank or other financial institution (e.g., bank or credit union) in which to deposit your checks.  Paychecks will be electronically deposited into your bank account, and you will receive an electronic "stub" ratherr than a paper stub being mailed to you.

  5. Incoming Residents & Fellows who attend all required orientation sessions prior to the first official day of training (typically July 1 or the 1st of a month when the Resident or Fellow begins off cycle) are alo eligible for a $250 Orientation Stipend added to their initial paycheck (at the end of the first month of training).

  6. Also, Residents & Fellows will be eligible for a $500 GME Electronic Communication Stipend from the University when they enter a Residency or Fellowship program in Chattanooga for the first time -- also added to their initial paycheck at the end of the first month of training.

  7. Annual Base Resident and Fellow Stipend Scale for 2020-2021*
    PGY Level Base Annual Stipend
    Annual Stipend with
    Life and Disability
     Monthly Total
     1  $ 52,956  $ 53,616  $ 4,468
     2  $ 54,732  $ 55,392  $ 4,416
     3  $ 56,460  $ 57,120  $ 4,760
     4  $ 58,944  $ 59,604  $ 4,967
     5  $ 61,164  $ 61,824  $ 5,152
     6  $ 63,523  $ 64,188  $ 5,430
     7  $ 65,904  $ 66,564  $ 5,547

    * Amounts shown in this table are based on the trainee’s level in the program (PGY-1 through 7) regardless of the specialty.  The figures shown in the Table include a base salary, with an additional $660 per year ($55 per month) to offset basic disability and life insurance premiums which are payroll deducted.

  8. INSURANCE:  A group of comprehensive insurance packages that include health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurances are availabe to our Residents and Fellows.  For the health, dental and vision insurance through CIGNA (and managed by Holland Insurance Agency outside Memphis), UT pays 80% of the premium.  Residents and Fellows are responsible for the remaining 20% of premiums.  These will be payroll deducted each month via your paycheck.  To assist you in planning for the deduction, 2020-2021 rates are:

    Type of Coverage Resident Portion of the 
    Monthly Premium
    (20% of the Total Cost)
    Employee Only $ 100
    Employee + Spouse $ 200
    Employee + Dependent
    $ 180
    Family $ 280

  9. CIGNA and our health insurance agent (Holland Insurance Agency) will be using a special online portal through which you will enroll for teh appropriate level of coverage.  You will receive instructions on how to enroll as part of your onboarding checklists -- once you have your local Chattanooga area address.  Your coverage will be effective the first official day on payroll (when your official residency or fellowship begins.  That is typically July 1 for most incoming trainees.  We strongly encourge you to arrange your current coverage to continue through June 30.

  10.  Representatives will be available to answer questions about all GME insurance plans (health, dental, & vision; life; & disability) at our orientation session on June 29.

  11. The life insurance policy provides a $100,000 for each trainee at an extremely low cost (less than $5 per month).  Disability insurance representatives will provide applications and details about the disability plans and tiered amounts on June 29 as well.  The coverage is provided as an individual policy to each Residents but at discounted group rates.  Protection is specialty specific.  Remember, you will receive a total of $55 per month in addition to your base salary to assist/offset premiums for both the life and disability insurance policies; however, you can only receive the offset if you enroll in at least the minimum level of coverage.  Disability premiums are based upon the amount of coverage you elect and your age at the date you begin training.

  12.  As a State of Tennessee student employee, you have immunity from professional liability provided through the Tennessee Claims Commission Act of 1985.  The State is self-insured so there is not an insurance compay or policy number.  Coverage is similar to that of a malpractice policy, and the limits of award are $ 300,000 per claimant and $ 1,000,000 per incident.

  13.  Monogrammed white lab coats will be distributed during orientation.  You will submit our lab coat sstyle choice, size, and the way your name should read via one of the onboarding forms in New Innovations.  If you are not sure, you can try on a coat a uniform shop near your medical school or local mall, or stop by our GME Department in Chattanooga and try on our sample coats in all sizes.  Your lab coat size should be similar to what you wear in a suit jacket (men or women).

  14.  MAIL: The Hospital provides mail boxes in the main hospital Post Office; however, some programs have boxes in their departments. Please check with your department regarding procedures for mail.

  15.  You must go to Erlanger Human Resources Officto have a Photo Identification Badge  made prioto orientation (anytime May 1 or after).  We suggest that when you visit  Chattanoogithe next twmonths, contact Jacqueline Hogan for directions to the correct office. The Photo ID Badgwill identify you as a physician and UT Resident or Fellow.  You must wear this ID at all times when you are n the hospitals.

  16.  Our web site is located at Our GME Institutional Policies will be housed within these webpages. 

  17.   You will receive the New Innovations login information within the next two weeks so you will be able to access the onboarding checklists.

  18.  The Office oGeneral Counsel aUT Knoxville must be notified if you receive a subpoena or request to give a deposition.  The phone number is (865) 974-6583.  Joshua Walker, UT Assistant General Counsel, and Diana Jo Garner, paralegal, have been assigned to work with the Chattanooga Residents and Fellows and are both located in the Knoxville General Counsel's Office.

  19.  You are required to receive a TB skin test every year.  Incoming Residents and Fellows will have a  2-Step TB skin test during their Erlanger WorkForce screening appoi;ntments before orientation.
  20. All incoming Residents are required to have current BLcertification and ACLcertification (except Pediatrics). Incoming Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics Residents aralso required to havcurrenPALcertification.  Incoming Family Medicine, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics Residents are required to have current NRP certification.  Incoming Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology, and Surgery Residents are required to have ATLS certification.ave current NRP certification.  
  21. The UTHSC required online training modules that include HIPAA, compliance, sexual harassment, and sleep and fatigue education must be completed by the end of the first month on payroll(typically July 31). Your UT Net ID’s should be after June 1, and then you will receive a separate email message and instructions about completing these module sessions via the UTHSC website.

  22.  The CITI research course must be completed online prior to beginning Residency or Fellowship.  A memo detailing the requirements and instructionare embedded in the first NewInnovationOnboarding Checklist you receive.   
  23.  The Statewide UT GME System utilizes a secure, web-based software to manage most aspects of your Residency training  and demographic information.  We maintain your biographical data , block schedules, call schedules, evaluations about you, evaluations completed by you, and duty hours tracking via this system, known known as New Innovations Residency ManagemenSuite.   Some programs also utilize the system for tracking conference attendaance and keeping track of scholarly activities.  You will be able to log your own duty hours, completyour evaluations, view evaluations completed about you, enter presentations, abstracts, research proposals, etc., as part oyour research and scholarly activity file.

  24.  Professional Development Reimbursement:  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 may vary by program and by level but are subject to University of Tennessee Travel and Reimbursement Policies. 

  25. You will be receiving notifications via New Innovations for Onboarding Checklists.  In addition to the first checklist you receive (GME Incoming 2020 -2021 Checklist), you will also receive four others in the next few weeks so you can review institutional polices and presentations from the University of Tennessee and our major affiliated hospital, Erlanger Health System:  UT GME Pre-Orientation Presentations, UT GME Institutional Policies, and Erlanger Orientation Information & Policies.  These must be viewed before you begin training and help us streamline your overall orientation.

Revised 3/24/2020



UT College of Medicine Chattanooga     960 East Third Street, Suite 100     Chattanooga, TN 37403     (800)947-7823, ext 6956

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