Welcome 2013 New Residents and Fellows
We are so glad you are joining the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga community, and believe you will enjoy living in Chattanooga. You will receive a Welcome email from our Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office with detailed instructions on what to do to begin employment with UT. Yes -- you will be an employee of the University and not our primary affiliated hospital, Erlanger Health System. The email and information will explain all that you need to do to get you ready to begin your life and career in Chattanooga as well as lots of other helpful information. Please be aware that your first official day of residency training will be Monday, July 1, 2013. You should have received a Letter of Commitment, a binding agreement, from your Program Director immediately following release of Match results. The deadline for completing, signing, and returning the LOC was Friday, March 22. If you have not yet signed and returned the LOC, please do that immediately to your Program Director and Residency Coordinator. Also by April 1, please email your Residency Coordinator a high resolution jpg photo (color, head and shoulders) of yourself. If you are an international medical graduate please make sure to email your ECFMG number to your Coordinator as well as a copy of your ECFMG Certificate if you already have it. Email addresses for your Coordinators are listed at the bottom of the page.
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 your Coordinator 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.
Certification requirements for incoming residents and fellows:
BLS: All incoming residents and fellows must have current BLS certification before July 1. If you do not currently have, you can complete online BLS training through the Erlanger HLC online educational modules. You will be sent individual logins and passwords as soon as we have all the LOCs and can set up your accounts. If you take the online course, you will need to contact Rodney Westmoreland, Director of our Simulation Center, to arrange for him to check off your BLS skills prior to July 1. His email address is Rodney.Westmoreland@erlanger.org.
ACLS: All incoming residents and fellows except for Pediatrics must have current ACLS certification or pass the online course and demonstrate proficiency running a Mega Code before July 1. If you do not have current ACLS, you may enroll in the online ACLS training through the Erlanger HLC online educational modules. Once you have passed the online test, you will need to attend and pass the ACLS Mega Code testing on Monday afternoon, June 17, from 2:30 - 5:30 PM in the Erlanger West Wing 6 Conference Room off Elevator E.
PALS: All incoming Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics Residents must have have current PALS certification or pass the on-site, two-day PALS course on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21. You will be sent a PALS textbook and a letter instructing you regarding where to report, when, and pre-course requirements.
NRP: All incoming Pediatrics and OB/GYN Residents must pass the on-site Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) course on Wednesday, June 19. You will receive a textbook and letter instructing you regarding where to report, when, and pre-course requirements.
ATLS: All incoming Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Surgery Residents, as well as Colon and Rectal, Surgical Critical Care, and Vascular Surgery Fellows, must have current ATLS certification or pass the on-site, two-day ATLS course on Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, in Probasco Auditorium. You will be sent an ATLS teextbook and letter instructing you regarding where to report, when, and pre-course requirements.
All incoming residents must attend a two-day required hospital and University orientation on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 and 26. A welcome party will be hosted by the University, Erlanger, and the House Staff Association th evening of June 25. Insurance representatives and University officials from Memphis will be available to finalize benefit packages.
Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28 are set aside for Departmental and Program Orientation. All residents and fellows not participating in ATLS training on these days will attend any required sessions arranged by the specific programs. Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery Residency and related fellowships, will hold department orientation at other times and will be notified by their Progran Coordinator(s).
In addition, all incoming residents must give permission for and pass a Criminal Background Check (online), as well as a health screening, drug screen, mask fit test, TB skin test, and immunization screening performed by Erlanger employee health (called Work Force). All residents and fellows are required to have passed a physical exam since January 2013, and have the health statement form 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 Spring (at your own cost). We will set up certain days and times you can finalize your health screening, drug screen, TB skin test, etc., during the second and third weeks of June. You can also contact Work Force to schedule other times for these tests and screening (before July 1).
In the next week you will receive detailed instructions about what you need to do to begin your appointment to our training programs and employment by the University. Links to the left under the "Incoming Residents and Fellows" menu with provide lots of information about transitioning to life in Chattanooga. All available positions for incoming residents and fellows at the UT College of Chattanooga have been filled through the Match and/or SOAP. Congratulations to all who have been involved in making this a successful recruiting year. We are anxious to welcome our incoming residents and fellows.
Forms you are required to complete will be available to you via our New Innovations Residency Information Management Suite. I will be sending a welcome memo and instructions with login and password information so you can begin completing them soon. Once you receive the email from me, please try to submit forms and documents by Monday, April 16. Contact the GME Office at GME@erlanger.org if you will be unable to meet that deadline. Links will include a list of our incoming residents as well as the orientation schedule and information about homes and apartments for lease or sale.
The 2012 New House Staff Orientation Schedule is now available via a link on the left hand menu. There is a link to the left to a memo detailing policies, procedures, stipend and benefit scales, etc. 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
Email addresses and phone #s for the Program Coordinators:
GME Office Tammy Elliott, GME Coordinator GME@erlanger.org 423-778-7442
Emergency Medicine Residency
Family Medicine Residency
Internal Medicine Residency
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship
Plastic Surgery Residency
Surgery Residency and Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Colon and Rectal Surgery and Surgical CriticalCare Fellowships
Transitional Year Residency