Resident Benefits

For details regarding the following Resident Benefit topics, please follow the links below to the Office of Medical Graduate Education website:

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology Residency – Benefits & Other Information

The goal of the Department of Otolaryngology is to provide a state-of-the-art educational experience for our residents through their involvement in clinical practice, didactic teaching, and the performance of clinical and basic science research.   This will be accomplished in a friendly, noncompetitive atmosphere that will stimulate all residents to become committed to excellence in an academic or community practice.

In the pursuit of this mission, we will maintain a stimulating and fulfilling environment of education. Residents are provided with formal evaluations on a biannual basis in meetings with the Program Director, as well as written evaluation summaries on a quarterly basis (at the end of each rotation block).  Should any grievances arise, the departmental Education Office, the institution’s Graduate Medical Education Office and the House Staff Advisory Council work to resolve them.

Comprehensive Benefits Program – For detailed benefits information and Vanderbilt University Medical Center House Staff Agreement, please visit the VUMC Office of Graduate Medical Education, /gme

Upon date of hire, full-time regular house staff and fellows paid through Vanderbilt University Hospital are eligible for the health care plan, flexible reimbursement account (for health care expenses not covered by insurance), long-term disability, travel insurance, workman’s compensation, and accidental death & dismemberment coverage.  After 3 months, they are eligible for the life insurance plan and personal spending account (pre-tax deductions for health care and dependent care expenses).  As well, Vanderbilt 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 annual cost, in entirety, for resident parking.

Otolaryngology does not require in-house call; however, on evenings when –because of patient care issues- you are required to be here overnight, you are provided with meals and a sleeping room that is located within the Resident Suite in the Bill Wilkerson Center.  As well, in the event of a resident feeling too fatigued to safely return home, transportation service is provided which includes the option to return to the hospital or facility the next day.

Medical Licensure
|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 person admitted to a Vanderbilt residency program, the hospital administration applies to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for exemption status.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Training and Basic Life Support (BLS) Training
Vanderbilt Hospital Administration requires that new house staff have current training in ACLS and BLS by the standards of the American Heart Association.  Training for both may be acquired at Vanderbilt.

Employment Resources for spouse/partners of residents and newly recruited faculty/staffThe Dual Career Program offers free job search assistance for up to one year for spouses and partners of newly-recruited faculty or staff (please see,  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.