Benefits & Salary

Benefits & Other Information

The goal of the Vanderbilt University Surgical Residency Program is to train surgical scholars. We seek residency applicants with the dedication and motivation to acquire knowledge and skills which will enable them to achieve excellence in the care of surgical patients, and, in addition, to make contributions of their own to surgery and to better surgical care.

In pursuit of our mission we maintain a challenging and rewarding educational environment. Residents are provided with regular formal performance evaluations. Should any grievances arise, the Office of Educational Support, the Office of Graduate Medical Education, and the House Staff Advisory Council work to resolve them.

Comprehensive Benefits Program

For more detailed benefits information, visit the VUMC Office of Graduate Medical Education. Immediately upon date of hire, full-time, regular house staff members and fellows paid through Vanderbilt University Hospital are eligible for the Health Care Plan, the Flexible Reimbursement Account (for health care expenses not covered by insurance), Long-Term Disability, Travel Insurance, Workmans Compensation, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage.

After three months they are eligible for the Life Insurance Plan and the Personal Spending Accounts (pretax deductions for health care and dependent care expenses). Vanderbilt also pays the premium for professional liability coverage and legal defense on a modified occurrence basis for injury caused by a medical incident within the scope of VUMC-assigned activities.

Vanderbilt pays the entire annual cost for residents to park their vehicles in a preferred Medical Center parking garage.

On Call
For each overnight in-house call night the Hospital provides a sleeping room and meals.

Licensure to Practice
In the State of Tennessee, individuals participating in an approved medical education training program must have proof of exemption from the requirement for a Tennessee license to practice medicine. For each individual admitted to a Vanderbilt residency program, the Vanderbilt Hospital Administration applies to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for exemption status.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Training
The Vanderbilt Hospital Administration requires that new house staff physicians have current training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support by the standards of the American Heart Association. ACLS training may be acquired at Vanderbilt. Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) is provided as well.

Employment Resources for spouse/partners of residents and newly recruited faculty/staff
The Dual Career Program offers free job search assistance for up to one year for spouses and partners of newly recruited faculty or staff (also see services for spouses/partners of newly recruited residents).

We recognize that meeting the needs of today's academic and professional couples is vital to recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff. Vanderbilt is committed to providing assistance to dual career couples so that both partners can make a successful transition into the Nashville Community.

House Staff Salaries 
Salary information for the academic year may be found at the GME office Stipend page.