Welcome Incoming Residents/Fellows!



Welcome, 2018 New Residents and Fellows! 


Chattanooga Relocation



We are so glad you are joining the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga community, and believe you will enjoy living in Chattanooga.












Quick Relocation Resources:  

Chattanooga Relocation Guide 2017

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Chattanooga Major Employers List 

Chattanooga Jobs

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Focus Relocation

Zillow/Trulia Relocation

AirBnB Chattanooga

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Coordinator Contact Information 


Key Points to Remember:

  • You will be an employee of the University of Tennessee and not our affiliated hospital, Erlanger.  Please be aware that your first official day of residency training will be Sunday, July 1, 2018, unless you have already been given a later start date by your Program Director. 
  • By Monday, March 19, you should have received a Letter of Commitment (LOC), a binding agreement, from your Program Director. 
  • The deadline for completing, signing, and returning the LOC is Friday, March 23.  Please return it as soon as possible to your Program Director and Residency Coordinator. 
  • By April 2, please email the GME Office a high-resolution jpg photo (color, head and shoulders) of yourself (GME@erlanger.org)
  • Also by April 2, If you are an international medical graduate, please make sure to email your ECFMG number to the GME Office as well as a copy of your ECFMG Certificate if you already have it. (GME@erlanger.org)
  • Email addresses and contact information for your Coordinators are listed at the bottom of the page.
  • By April 2, you will receive an email from the GME Office with detailed instructions on how to access your onboarding payroll and training forms from the secure, web-based Residency Management System we use -- New Innovations -- complete and sign the forms, and then upload back into your unique demographic file.
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  • The deadline for submitting all forms will be Monday, April 30, 2018.
  • Life support certification -- Depending on your specialty, you will need to obtain BLS, ACLS, PALS, and/or ATLS certification before you officially begin your residency or fellowship on July 1.  If you can obtain the required certifications prior to July 1 at your medical school or current training program, you will just need to send the GME Office a copy of your certification cards denoting dates of certification.  If you cannot obtain certification on your own, you will need to participate in online training and required sessions and skills tests in Chattanooga the last two weeks of June.   Requirements and training dates for these sessions in Chattanooga will be posted soon.  
Certification Type: Training Dates: Programs Required to Complete:
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) TBA Everyone (Except PEDS)
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)  June 21-22, 2018 (8am-5pm) Surgery, Ortho, &  EM Residents
Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) June 21-22, 2018  FM Residents Only
Basic Life Support (BLS) TBA Everyone
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) June 18, 2018  PEDS, FM, & OB/GYN Residents
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) TBA PEDS, FM, & EM Residents
  • The finalized Orientation Schedule will be posted on this page by the end of April. If you are planning travel before the beginning of residency, we advise you to try to be in Chattanooga by mid-June or arrange to complete any required certifications on you own prior to July.
  • All incoming residents and fellows beginning training July 1 must attend an Erlanger required computer training session (Dates and Locations TBA)
  • Wednesday and Thursday, June 27-28, 2018, have been set aside for orientation by your departments and program.
  • All incoming residents must attend a one-day required hospital and University orientation on Friday, June 29, 2018.  
  • University insurance representatives will be available on June 29 to finalize and explain the insurance plans and benefits.
 Resident Health Insurance Rates
  Monthly Total Cost  Monthly Employee 
Employee Only  $  524.20   $ 105
Employee + Spouse $1,048.34   $ 210
Employee+ Child(ren) $   929.16   $ 185
Family $1,454.61   $ 290
  • A welcome party on the Southern Belle Riverboat will be hosted by the University, Erlanger,
    and the House Staff Association, during Orientation (Date/Time TBA)

All incoming residents must:

  • Give permission for and pass a Criminal Background Check (online) through a third party company called the "Cora Croup."
  • Pass a drug screen, mask fit test, TB skin test, and immunization screening (including necessary titers and immunizations) performed by Erlanger Employee Health (called Work Force).
  • Document a physical exam conducted since January 2018, and have a health statement form stating that the resident/fellow is physically and mentally fit to begin duty in our residency program.  The form must be signed by a U.S. licensed physician.  If you do not have a primary care physician and cannot get the physical exam done prior to July 1, you will be able to contact
    Work Force to schedule a physical exam earlier this upcoming Spring (at your own cost). 
  • Between April and June 28,  you must schedule and complete your health screening, drug screen, TB skin test, etc. at Work Force. More information on how to complete these items will be posted later in the Spring.

We are really looking forward to working with you as you enter this next chapter in your medical education training.  


Pamela D. Scott (Pam)

Director, Graduate and Medical Student Education  

pscott1@uthsc.edu, 423.778.7442


Jamie Gilbreath, GME Financial Specialist

GME@erlanger.org or Jamie.Gilbreath@erlanger.org



Email addresses and phone #s for the Program Coordinators:


Cardiovascular Disease & Gastroenterology Fellowships

Tammy.Elliott@erlanger.org    423.778.4465


Colon/Rectal Surgery & Surgical Critical Care Fellowships

Maggie.Hamblen@erlanger.org,    423.778.7695  


Emergency Medicine Residency & Ultrasound Fellowship

Velvet.Green@erlanger.org,    423.778.7628


Family Medicine Residency

Sharron.Skoretz@erlanger.org,    423.778.2957 


Internal Medicine Residency

Deborah.Fuller@erlanger.org,    423.778.2998


OB/GYN Residency

Paula.Barnett@erlanger.org,    423.778.7515


Orthopaedic Surgery Residency & Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

Donna.Gibson@erlanger.org,    423.778.9008


Pediatrics Residency

Patty.Wolfe@erlanger.org,     423.778.6217 


Plastic Surgery Residency

Tara.Lee@thepsg.org,    423.778.9047 


Surgery Residency & Vascular Surgery Fellowship 

Cindy.Rudolph@erlanger.org,    423.778.7695


Urology Residency

Stacey.Blanks@erlanger.org,   423.778.4691


Revised 9/2017

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