Annual Research Day

In 1983, the University and Erlanger sponsored the first interdepartmental event to highlight research activities at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga: Resident Research Day. Residents were provided the opportunity to present research papers or scholarly case reports to other residents, faculty, and hospital staff. Plaques and cash awards were given in categories including Best Research Paper and Best Case Report. This event has been conducted annually since 1983 and, in 1998, was expanded to an entire week and included a poster exhibit as well as final oral presentations and awards. In 2004, the event was expanded to include a poster from one of our medical students rotating from Memphis.


The Annual Research Day Awards are named in honor of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga's first Associate Dean, Robert C. Coddington, M.D. Each year, residents are asked to submit abstracts of either interesting case reports or research projects with which they have been involved over the past year. Between 20 and 30 abstracts are selected for presentations.  For 2018, all presentations will be oral -- printed posters will not be presented or on display during the week before or after the event.  Submissions for presentations for Research Day are open to all residency programs.This endeavor has encouraged and fostered research efforts to expand on the campus, particularly clinical research.


The Director of Research, Dr. Gregory Heath, works in conjunction with the institution's Scientific Review Committee that serves as the event's Selection Committee. Each department is represented by a faculty member on the SRC.  Abstracts are reviewed by the committee to determine which ones will be selected for presentations. Three judges are also named each year by the committee to determine the awards presented at the conclusion of the Annual Research Day activities.


Timeline for 2018:


  • Research projects must have SRC and Institutional Review  Board (IRB) approval by
    January 24th in order for projects to be completed before submission for Resident Research Day.
  • Case reports must be approved by the IRB Chair no later than February 22nd.
  • All research and case report submissions and forms must be received by the IRB Coordinator, Stacey Hendricks, by March 5th.  They must have approval from your Department Chair and/or Program Director as well.
  • The SRC will review and make selections on March 28th for presentations at the 2018 Annual Research Day.
  • Presentations will be given on May 4, 2018 in Probasco Auditorium.
  • Awards will be presented following the Annual Research Awards Dinner that evening.  Location and details will be released soon.


 Revised 12/5/2017

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