Vacations and Holiday Schedules

Chief residents are responsible for creating the vacation and holiday schedules. PGY-1 through PGY-5 residents receive 15 days of vacation per year. Furthermore, residents are allowed nine holidays and four "bonus" days (in accordance with University policy and/or in compliance with board requirements). During presidential. election years, there are 10 holidays. Finally, residents selected to present research at conferences will be provided the necessary travel time.

Health / Disability / Life Insurance

Both residents and their family members are allowed to participate in the University Health Insurance Program of their choosing. For more information, please refer to the University of Kentucky benefits homepage

Meal Allowance

All residents receive a monthly meal allowance in addition to their regular pay. Residents may choose to spend this money on meals or collect it following the regular pay cycle.

ENT Clinic

A new otolaryngology clinic opened in June 2018 with approximately four times the patient rooms, two split waiting rooms for adults and pediatric patients, and more overall space. The clinic also houses endoscopy and laser technology for our physicians and staff. 

Resident Room

UK Otolaryngology incorporates two resident room spaces that were updated in 2018-2019.  One room is dedicated for the residents on the General Adult ENT services (Teams A, B), as well as the Pediatric ENT service (Peds).  A separate resident room is dedicated to the Head & Neck Oncology service (Team C) and is close to the inpatient operating rooms.


Beginning July 1, 2021, the University of Kentucky is offering a very generous 2:1 match for the voluntary retirement plan. Multiple options are available through Fidelity and TIAA-CREF. <a href="">More information at the GME Benefits Page</a>.

Medical Licensure, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Permits

The Office of Graduate Medical Education will pay for the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure Fee. for the resident's initial Residency Training License. Additional licensing fees associated with the license are not paid by the GME office..UK is a fee exempt institution. Residents do not have to pay for a DEA unless they plan to use one to externally moonlight. 


Mentoring Program

UK Otolaryngology residents are automatically placed in the mentoring program.  After initial consultation with incoming PGY-1 residents on any preferences (e.g. subspecialty, sex, age, etc.), the PGY-1 resident is paired by the Residency Program Director with an otolaryngology faculty member for the first two years of residency.  The intent is for younger residents, in particular, to have a mentor who can guide them with career-related questions, provide periodic check ins for mental health purposes, and simply have fun!  Activities have included informal meetings, coffee times, dinner with a  faculty member’s family, and going to sporting events, among others.  The program is designed to be laid-back and as involved or not involved as each resident wishes.  After the first two years of residency, the mentorship may continue, or the resident may gravitate towards another faculty member(s) based on future career plans (in many cases).


PGY-3 residents in the UK Otolaryngology residency program have the costs of surgical loupes covered by the UK Department of Otolaryngology.