Message from the Program Director - OB/GYN

Bill Gist, MD, Program Director

 August 22, 2016 


To Our Residency Applicants,


I would like to thank you for your consideration of our Residency Program here at the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine Chattanooga.  


Our current status is continued accreditation.  This was effective February 9th, 2017 with our RRC notifying us on April 6th, 2017.


Our vision is to become a top 25 program.   Our goal is that every graduate of our program will be prepared to go out and have a successful and productive career.


We provide a comprehensive four year program covering the full breadth of Obstetrics and Gynecology including representation of all accredited subspecialties, and a few other novel areas such as Robotic Surgery and Minimal Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS).   Most of the activities of  residency are within the city of Chattanooga with the majority of training occurring at The Baroness Erlanger Hospital located downtown in the heart of Chattanooga.   As the regional center for women's care, the Baroness draws patients from 4 different states: Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.   As a result, our residents are exposed to amazing pathology not seen in many other cities during their four years, and they learn protocols and principles of specialty care services for all obstetrical, gynecological and neonatal concerns. 


Our department is further emphasizing academic development of both the faculty and residents, as shown by the extent of research over the last 2 years.  We have an increasing number of posters, oral presentations, and publications in the last year, and have had presentations at ACOG District and National Meetings, the Annual AAGL meeting, UT Research Day, IHI Patient Safety Day, and our own Department Research Day. 


Our academic standards have led to a high degree of success in our graduates.  Over the past 6 years, 95% of our residents pass their boards on their first attempt  and we expect that trend to continue without interruption.  Our  program provides weekly chapter readings and focused our residency didactics on ACOG practice bulletins and CREOG material to assure our residents are familiar with published material.    Additionally, the faculty and chief residents have challenged the residents with straightforward quizzes on their readings, and track their performance to ensure their progress.


We are proud to see that our efforts have translated into measurable success. In our 2015 chief class, one of our chief residents matched into a Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship. In the 2016 chief class, one resident matched in the 2016 match and has started his fellowship in Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).  A second member of the 2016 class has just matched into FPMRS and will start July, 2017. The saying, "Success breeds success" continues to be seen in our program. Our residents are fully invested in the future of our program, such that our chief class has volunteered to speak on any aspects of our program. If you have any questions, please contact them at


We feel our program has a lot of momentum, but it is vital that we seek out talented, ambitious individuals to build on our progress.  We look forward to the opportunity to meet you as part of the greater OB/GYN family.  




William E. Gist, M.D.

Program Director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga


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