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Graduate Medical Education

Quillen College of Medicine

Residents' Salary/Benefits

2018 - 2019 Resident and Fellow Salaries

PGY I $50,104.00
PGY II $51,601.00
PGY III $53,448.00
PGY IV $55,491.00
PGY V $57,524.00
PGY VI $59,708.00

* Tennessee does not have a state income tax.



Vacation/Annual Leave
All residents may receive up to 15 days annual leave per contract year. Unused vacation days may not be carried over from year to year. Residents are not paid for unused annual leave. Each Residency Training Program must comply with varying RRC/Board leave policies. Therefore, timing and duration of all annual leave must be approved by that residency Program Director. If institutional policies, noted above, conflict with those of a particular RRC/Board, then the RRC/Board policies will take precedence.

Administrative Leave
Residents may receive two (2) days administrative leave during their first year at the discretion of each program. Residents on tracks longer than one year may receive up to five (5) days administrative leave to be taken anytime during their tenure.

Educational Leave
Educational leave may be provided. This is left totally to the discretion of each program.

There are no official holidays. Time off is scheduled at the discretion of the program.

Sick Leave
Sick leave is provided at the rate of one (1) day per month, and may accumulate to a total of not more than sixty (60) days for continuous service.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Residents are entitled to the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. This leave is without pay, but use of accrued sick and vacation leave may be used as part of the family leave.  In order to be considered eligible under the FMLA guidelines, a resident must (1) have worked for the University for at least 12 months; and (2) have worked at least 1,250 hours during the year preceding the start of the leave.

Maternity/Paternity Leave
Maternity leave is available to eligible residents for the birth or adoption of a child under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Tennessee Maternity Leave Act (TMLA).  This leave is without pay, but use of accrued sick and annual leave may be used as part of this leave.

Military Leave
Residents who are members of any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States or of the Tennessee National Guard may be entitled to leave of absence from their duties for all periods of military service during which they are engaged in the performance of duty or training in the services of Tennessee, or of the United States, under competent orders.

Civil Leave
Residents shall be granted civil leave when, in obedience to a subpoena or direction by proper authority, the resident appears as witness for the federal government, the State of Tennessee, or a political subdivision of the State, or when it is necessary to attend any court in connection with official duties or serve on a jury in any state or federal court.

Resident Sick Leave Bank
The purpose of the ETSU RESIDENT SICK LEAVE BANK is to provide emergency paid sick leave to members of the residency programs who have suffered an unexpected personal illness, surgery, injury or disability with complications beyond their control and who have exhausted their personal sick leave. By definition, "unexpected personal illness", does not include recovery following childbirth. Unforeseen complications during pregnancy would be a qualifying event.


The resident health insurance is provided through United Healthcare. Residents may elect single coverage or family coverage. Premiums are shared by the university and the resident. The resident portion is $35.00 for single coverage and $75.00 for family coverage. The premiums are payroll deducted monthly.  

If enrolled in the health insurance through United Healthcare residents also receive vision coverage at no additional premium.  For explanation of full benefits log in to

The resident dental insurance is provided by Guardian.  Residents may elect single coverage or family coverage.  Premiums are shared by the university and the resident.  IF the resident has elected to United Healthcare coverage, the resident's premium is covered in the $35 single/$75 family health care premium; however, if the resident declined health coverage, the dental premium is $15 single/$35 family.

A basic term life insurance policy is available for each resident in the amount of $50,000. No life insurance is available for dependents. Residents may elect to purchase additional life insurance up to $500,000.

Individual disability policies with monthly benefits of 60% salary, after 90 days of disability are available for the resident only. Additional coverage may be purchased by the resident.

Professional Liability Insurance
As a resident physician with East Tennessee State University under the State of Tennessee your professional liability coverage will be provided by the Tennessee Claims Commission Act (TCA 9-8.301 et sq). The limits of liability are $300,000 per plaintiff/$1 million dollars per occurrence. State law provides that residents have absolute immunity from liability for acts or omissions within the scope of their employment, unless the acts or omissions are willful, malicious, criminal, or done for personal gain.

Other Benefits

Center for Physical Activities Free Membership for Residents
The Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA) is a 120,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility which includes: an indoor pool, multiple courts, a large weight & cardio room, indoor & outdoor climbing wall, an indoor track and four studio spaces.  The outdoor Campus Recreation facilities include the Field Complex, the CPA Intramural Fields, Tennis Courts, Disc Golf Course and University Trail System. Additional information may be obtained at:

Deferred Compensation Program
Residents may elect through payroll deductions to divert portions of their pre-tax earnings into an IRS Code 457 or 401(k) tax deferred income plan. Enrollment in one of these plans allows a resident to set aside a portion of current earnings and receive the value of these earnings at a later date, usually after retirement. Income which is diverted in this manner, plus any accrued interest, is not taxed until actually received.  See the Resident Handbook/Benefit page for more details.

Resident Assistance Program (RAP)
East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine's Resident Assistance Program (RAP) is a confidential counseling and referral service for East Tennessee State University Medical School residents and their families. The purpose of the program is to encourage self-referral so that you can be helped with training issues, personal and marital concerns before they lead to more serious difficulties. The first six visits are free and subsequent visits are covered by resident health insurance with the normal deductible and co-pay applied.

Tuition Reimbursement
The College of Medicine has set aside $5,000 annually for tuition reimbursements for resident's spouses and eligible dependent children. Reimbursement will be limited to undergraduate classes at ETSU only and will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Applications are available in the Office of Graduate Medical Education or on the Office of GME's website. Applications must be completed for each semester and submitted before the semester begins.

Impaired Physicians Program
East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine is committed to supporting the Tennessee Medical Foundation and the Physicians Health Program in regards to our faculty, residents and students. Counseling services will be available to all residents upon their request or the request of the Program Director. Services will address any issue of professional or personal stress that may be encountered during the training experience which might result in deterioration of performance, medical behavioral problems or substance abuse. Services will function within and follow the guidelines set by the Tennessee Medical Foundation, Physicians Health Program.


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