Family Medicine Residency Program Overview
What is Special About the Specialty of Breadth?
The specialty of breadth - Why do we become family physicians? Is it the rush of adrenaline with a midnight delivery? Is it the satisfaction of relationships formed over years of diligent care? Is it the challenging spectrum of chief complaints that present each day? What about the anguish of accompanying a family through diagnosis and treatment of terminal illness? Is it the ability to move from private practice, to group practice, to academic practice? To practice in the office, the hospital, neither or both? The answer to all of these is yes - the career of a family physician is not a destination, but a journey. We hope you choose to join us in Chattanooga to begin your journey as a family physician.
History of Our Program
Founded in 1995 by our chair, J. Mack Worthington, with the goal of bringing the ideals of family medicine to the campus of a tertiary care medical center, our department has not wavered in its determination to offer broad, evidence-based training to our residents and medical students. We practice our inpatient care in the 9th largest public hospital in the country which has 540 beds and serves as a regional medical center. Over the ensuing years our faculty has expanded to include individuals certified not only in family medicine but also obstetrics, geriatrics, hypertension, mental health and sports medicine. We have grown since our inception to offer six positions for each of the three years of training.
The UT Family Practice Center in Chattanooga
Since moving from its temporary site at the local health department the Department of Family Medicine has been housed in the UT Family Practice Center, a freestanding 36,000 square foot facility adjacent to Erlanger Medical Center with a patient population that exceeds 5,000. We have on site capabilities to do xray, ultrasound, laboratory testing, EKG, audiometry, and spirometry. Faculty members precept residents in vasectomy, circumcision, colposcopy, dermatologic excisions, endoscopy, injections of both large and small joints, loop electrocautery excision as well as dermatologic procedures and intrauterine device insertions.
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