Additional information regarding prospective residents can be found on the University of Kentucky Graduate Medical Education (UKGME) website. The UKGME staff can also answer questions for prospective candidates requiring visas.


All PGY levels receive 15 days of vacation

9 holidays (10 during presidential election year) and 4 floating or ‘bonus’ days

*In accordance with University policy/or in compliance with board requirements.

Health Insurance

UK credit for plan and coverage level chosen. Find out more through GME Benefits. 

Parking Permit

The resident parking expense is deducted from payroll and GME credits payroll for the allotted allowance.  This allowance is usually based on the expense of the E-Permit.

Lab Coats

The university will provide three lab coats per year.

KY Medical/Dental Licensure

Medical: Original cost for Residency Training (R) / Institutional Permit (IP) plus yearly renewal.

Disability Insurance

After twelve months of employment. More information available through the GME Benefits website.

Life Insurance

  • One times stipend coverage provided at no cost
  • Optional up to five times stipend

Meal Allowance

A meal allowance is added to the resident payroll.


Residents are eligible for the University’s retirement plan (matching contribution). For more information, here is a page for the Retirement Savings plans offered through UK

Paid Family. Medical Leave (Paid FML)

Residents and Fellows receive a one-time allotment of 30 days (6 work weeks) paid leave per training program for an approved, qualified Family Medical Leave (FML) event. Paid FML leave is in addition to other paid vacation, holiday, floating bonus days, and TDL days. Paid FML leave is available to any resident/fellow with an approved, qualified FML event, at any time during a training program, starting the first day the resident/fellow is required to report for training for the program. 30 days of paid FML is available once, and only once, per person, per training program. *Paid leave details are outlined in the GME Policies and Procedures document. Residents and Fellows must be aware of and meet their specific board eligibility requirements regarding time spent on rotations in that specialty and the maximum time off permitted without requiring makeup of that time.

GME Stipend

The GME Stipend for 2023-2024, and the stipend for 2024-2025