Vacations and Holiday Schedules

Chief residents are responsible for creating the vacation and holiday schedules. PGY-1 residents receive 10 days of vacation per year, while PGY-2+ receive 15 vacation days per year. Furthermore, residents are allowed nine holidays and four "bonus" days (in accordance with University policy and/or in compliance with board requirements). 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. Residents are eligible for disability insurance following twelve months of employment. One-times stipend life insurance coverage is provided at no cost, however, residents opt for up to five-times stipend.

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's administrative space includes a brand new resident room equipped with a personal desktop computer for each resident. 


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.

Medical Licensure, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Permits

Kentucky state licensure is provided free of charge through the Office of Graduate Medical Education. There is a fee-exempt option while applying for the DEA.