Internal Medicine Residency


Dr. Lisa Staton, William Crowe, RN, CNP, and Dr. Mukta Panda

Our Department of Medicine continues to show an increased commitment to education.  Residents enjoy a wonderful community, beautiful surroundings, and an excellent academic environment.  Our department sponsors an Internal Medicine Residency Program and a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.   Recent leadership changes have been made in the Department:  Louis Lambiase, MD, has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Jennifer Dooley, MD, has been appointed Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency.  The former Chair, Mukta Panda, MD, has been appointed as Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education.  She will remain as Faculty for the Department of Medicine and Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency.


 Internal Medicine Residency Program Highlights

  • Ten resident positions at each level of the three-year program
  • 100% ABIM pass rate in 2011
  • Recent graduates have obtained fellowships in Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Allergy/Immunology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, and Hematology/Oncology
  • Night float experience for all residents
  • Comprehensive two-year core curriculum lecture series
  • Consistent award-winning resident participation at state, regional, and national scientific meetings
  • Numerous benefits (meal allowance; maternity and paternity leave, personal days, paid travel expenses for research / care presentation activities; plentiful and convenient free covered parking; and much more)
  • Convenient moonlighting opportunities for PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents
  • Careful monitoring of Ambulatory Care Clinic patient population to provide optimal patient volume and an ideal learning environment
  • Resident participation in all departmental committee meetings and physician planning meetings resulting in significant resident input and influence regarding program policies
  • Option of community-based rotations with general internists at multiple locations in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee
  • Affiliation with Erlanger Medical Center, a university-based hospital with 868 licensed beds. This is the region's only Level I Trauma Center) providing primary, secondary, and tertiary medical care to patients from 50 counties within a 150-mile radius of Chattanooga

Chair Rounds with the Team 2013


Educational Benefits

  • 88% three-year cumulative American Board of Internal Medicine pass rate
  • Comprehensive two year core curriculum lecture series
  • Annual emergency management series
  • Annual two-month EKG instruction series
  • Attendance at daily Morning Report by five to ten subspecialty faculty
  • Individualized educational program opportunities with hospitalist and primary care emphasis
  • Expanded geriatrics education in concert with the nation's fastest growing PACE Program (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Monthly Journal Club series with associated didactic curriculum
  • Formal instruction in billing and evaluation/management coding
  • Structured resident research program with one-on-one faculty mentoring
  • Over 50 resident presentations at regional and national conferences during the past year
  • Home access to the Erlanger / UT Memphis Medical Libraries with over 400 full text online journals and over 70 leading electronic textbooks

Special Benefits

  • Medical Library purchase of board review materials
  • On-site MKSAP (Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program)
    14 review sessions for the Internal Medicine Board exam
  • Board review sessions conducted during Noon Conference
  • Reimbursement for professional development expenses and presentations at regional and national meetings and books/journals is available from department funds at the discretion of the Chair
  • Moonlighting permitted at the 2nd and 3rd levels with approval by the Program Director
  • Five personal days over the three-year period


UT College of Medicine Chattanooga     960 East Third Street, Suite 100     Chattanooga, TN 37403     (800)947-7823, ext 6956

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