Stipends / Benefits

Surgical Resident Stipend Rates (2023-2024)
Post Graduate Level 1$59,488.12$4,957.34
Post Graduate Level 2$61,711.24$5,142.60
Post Graduate Level 3$63,703.79$5,308.65
Post Graduate Level 4$66,581.66$5,548.47
Post Graduate Level 5$69,808.68$5,817.39
Post Graduate Level 6$72,959.56$6,079.96
Post Graduate Level 7$75,995.13$6,332.93
Post Graduate Level 8$80,034.62$6,669.55
Stipend rates based on 3% increase for all PG levels.
Life Insurance

Term life insurance is provided for all residents, in the amount of $2000 of life insurance for each $1000 of annual stipend. Accidental death and dismemberment coverage is included.

Health Care Coverage

The University offers a complete package of insurance coverage for our residents and their families, including health, dental, vision, prescription, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Supplemental Life, Short Term Disability and Long Term Care. Single and family coverage is available at group rates. Several different plans at varying costs are available to choose from. Residents may choose Premium Conversion, which permits payment of premiums with automatic deduction of pre-tax dollars from the resident's monthly salary. Information regarding health insurance benefits can be found at Uofl HR.

Dental Care and Coverage

The Faculty Practice Office in the Outpatient Care Center will provide an annual examination, including cleaning and up to four bitewing x-rays, to residents free of charge. Any additional services are the responsibility of the resident. Residents can call 852-5401 for information. Residents may also purchase, at group rates, dental insurance in both single and family plans.

Workers Compensation

All residents are covered by workers compensation for medical expenses and lost work time due to job-related illness or injury.

Disability Insurance

Long-term disability insurance is provided for residents, free of charge. Residents have the option of converting the coverage from group to individual at the end of their training, and the option of purchasing additional coverage at very reduced rates.

Malpractice Insurance

Coverage is provided for all residents by either the University of Louisville or by the hospitals to which residents are assigned. This coverage applies to all assigned rotations that are part of residency training, as detailed on the reverse side of the resident agreement.

Campus Health Service Office

Hepatitis B immunization and an annual TB skin test are required and furnished free of charge to all residents. The Campus Health Services Office provides minor urgent medical care and immunizations, including boosters and TB testing. Personal counseling is also available. The Campus Health Services Office also serves as an on-site treatment facility for workers compensation related injuries and exposures including needle sticks, and as the repository of resident immunization records and exposure data. The office is staffed by board-certified faculty physicians and faculty nurse practitioners who have extensive primary care and occupational exposure experience.

Medical Licensure

Commonwealth of Kentucky resident training licensure and renewal fees are paid by the department for the duration of surgical residency in the program.


General Surgery PGY 1s through PGY 5s are given 4 weeks paid vacation, which may be taken all at once or may be divided into 2 week periods.
Plastic Surgery residents are given 2 weeks paid vacation per year.

**At the discretion of the Program Director, an additional two weeks may be permitted for personal or educational leave.

Physician Placement Service

The University of Louisville Physician Placement Services provides free assistance to residents seeking practice opportunities in Kentucky. Call Jan Hurst at 1-800-821-1088.

Library Privileges

Residents have library privileges at the Kornhauser Library and at all of the affiliated hospitals. Available services include electronic literature, searches, and an Inter-library loan service.

Lab Coats

Lab coats with embroidered names are provided to residents at the beginning of their training.

Athletics Tickets

Residents are eligible to purchase student athletics tickets at reduced prices through the Athletics Department. Most faculty have season tickets to all major sports and are willing to share them with residents.

Other Benefits

Additional benefits may include textbooks, professional dues, or funds for travel to educational meetings.

Recreational Facilities

We have partnered with Planet Fitness for a reduced expense Black card for $15/month and no annual or initial feeds.