Dean's Office FAQs

 

  1. Is the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga a four-year medical school?

  2. What are the medical schools with which the Chattanooga campus and Erlanger are affiliated?

  3. Does the Chattanooga campus have its own "Dean"?

  4. Is the Chattanooga campus part of the local University of Tennessee at Chattanooga undergraduate and graduate campus?

  5. Can medical students from schools other than the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis participate in clinical rotations (formerly called "externships") at the Chattanooga campus and Erlanger? 

  6. What are the residency training programs offered at the Chattanooga campus?

  7. Does the Chattanooga campus offer any fellowship programs?

  8. If I am a staff member at a state medical licensing board, hospital, or managed care organization, whom do I contact to verify training of a physician who says he/she trained at either Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Willie Miller Eye Center, T. C. Thompson Children's Hospital, the Clinical Education Center in Chattanooga, or the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga?

  9. As a resident of the Chattanooga campus programs, will I be classified as a student, an employee of the University, or an employee of the hospital?

  10. Does the Chattanooga campus offer a nursing program?

Answers:

  1. Is the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga a four-year medical school?

    No, the Chattanooga campus is not a four-year medical school.  The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga is a branch campus of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. The Chattanooga campus offers clinical training to junior and senior medical students from Memphis.  UT Memphis students can now elect to take all their clinical training in Chattanooga with the exception of the Neurology and Psychiatry Clerkships which must be done back in Memphis.  Our Chattanooga campus also offers clinical electives to senior medical students from schools accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME).

  2. What are the medical schools with which the Chattanooga campus and Erlanger are affiliated?

    The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga is a branch campus of the main medical school in Memphis.  All medical education training at the Chattanooga campus (whether for medical students, residents, or CME for practicing physicians) is under the auspices of the University of Tennessee.  The Chattanooga campus offers clinical training to junior and senior medical students from Memphis, and these rotations are equivalent to similar experiences in Memphis.  The Chattanooga campus also offers clinical electives to senior medical students from schools accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME).

    A major affiliation exists between the University of Tennessee (its Chattanooga campus) and Erlanger Medical Center since the hospital is the primary site for clinical training.

  3. Does the Chattanooga campus have its own "Dean"?

    The chief executive officer of the Chattanooga campus holds the title, "Dean."  He reports to the Executive Dean for the statewide College of Medicine. The Dean of the Chattanooga campus is R. Bruce Shack, MD. The Executive Dean for the Statewide College of Medicine is David M. Stern, MD.

  4. The Chattanooga campus part of the local University of Tennessee at Chattanooga undergraduate and graduate campus?

    No, the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga is not part of the local University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (located at 615 McCallie Avenue).  "UTC" (as it is typically called) is a separate entity from the College of Medicine in Memphis.  It provides both undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields.  The website for UTC is www.utc.edu.  The main information phone number for UTC is (423) 425-4111.

  5. Can medical students from schools other than the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis participate in clinical rotations (formerly called "externships") at the Chattanooga campus and Erlanger?

    Yes, medical students from schools other than the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis can participate in senior clinical elective rotations at the Chattanooga campus.  However, these rotations are under the policies and procedures of the University of Tennessee, Memphis.  Click on the Medical Students tab on the top menu for more detailed information.

  6. What are the residency training programs offered at the Chattanooga campus?

    The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga sponsors ten accredited residency and five fellowship or advanced residency programs in Chattanooga as part of a statewide system of Graduate Medical Education.  Click "Graduate Medical Education" link at the top of the page to go to individual residency program pages.

    Emergency Medicine Residency
    Family Medicine Residency
    Internal Medicine Residency
    Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
    Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
    Pediatrics Residency
    Plastic Surgery Residency
    Surgery Residency
    Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship
    Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
    Vascular Surgery Fellowship
    Urology Residency                                                                                                                                        


In addition, four additional fellowships are sponsored:

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) -- approved by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL)
Neuro-Interventional Surgery -- not accredited by the ACGME
Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery -- approved by AO and funded by Synthes, Inc.
Transitions to Practice in General Surgery -- approved and sponsored by the American College of Surgeons

  1. Does the Chattanooga campus offer any fellowship programs?

    Yes, see the list in #6 above.
  2. If  I am a staff member at a state medical licensing board, hospital, or managed care organization, whom do I contact to verify training of a physician who says he/she trained at either Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Willie Miller Eye Center, T. C. Thompson Children's Hospital, the Clinical Education Center in Chattanooga, or the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga?

    Inquiries to verify residency training at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, or any of our affiliated hospitals (Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Erlanger Medical Center, T. C. Thompson Children's Hospital, Willie D. Miller Eye Center, the Clinical Education Center (the former name of the Chattanooga campus) or the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga should be sent to:

    Office of Graduate Medical Education
    UT College of Medicine Chattanooga
    Chattanooga, TN  37403
    Fax (423) 778-3673

    Or they may be sent directly to the specific residency program.  Click the "Graduate Medical Education" menu item to get individual program information. 

    To verify medical staff privileges for private physicians at any of the Erlanger components, contact:

    Erlanger Health System
    ATT:  Pat Eller, CMSS
    Medical Affairs Office
    975 East Third Street
    Chattanooga, TN  37403
    Fax (423) 778-2043

  3. As a resident of the Chattanooga campus programs, will I be classified as a student, an employee of the University, or an employee of the hospital?

    Residents and fellows of the Chattanooga campus are classified as both graduate students and employees of the University of Tennessee.  Residents and fellows are not hospital (Erlanger) employees.

  4. Does the Chattanooga campus offer a nursing program?

    No, the Chattanooga campus does not offer a nursing school.  However, the nearby local campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) does have a School of Nursing and offers both undergraduate and graduate (MSN) degrees.  The website is
    http://www.utc.edu/Academic/Nursing/

    The local community college (Chattanooga State Technical Community College) offers an associate degree program in nursing.  The website is
    http://www.chattanoogastate.edu/Allied_Health/ahmain.asp
    .

Revised 10/2016

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