Medical Student Education
Each year approximately 175 -200 different medical students from schools across the United States elect clinical rotations at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. Our primary clinical training site and affiliated hostpital is the Erlanger Health System. Medical students are considered part of the health care team and receive individualized attention from faculty. Many of our students remain in Chattanooga for residency training as a direct result of their clinical rotations.
The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga offers training to junior and senior medical students from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, as well as to senior medical students from other U.S. medical schools. UT students from Memphis are able to elect their entire clinical training in the last two years at any UT campus. Chattanooga offers all required rotations for junior and senior UT medical students. Junior students from Memphis are able to participate in required Core Clerkships (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Surgery, Ambulatory Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry). Students from Memphis may also elect other required rotations in Chattanooga: Medicine Specialties Clerkship, Surgical Subspecialties Clerkship, and the Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Clerkship. In addition, the Chattanooga campus offers about 40 additional specialty and subspecialty electives for seniors throughout the U.S.
Non-UT students may elect up to three four-week rotations in Chattanooga during their senior year. They must meet eligibility requirements in accordance with UT and individual department guidelines. All allopathic and osteopathic visiting students must apply via the AAMC's VSAS system. Their dean's offices should be able to assist them in completing the application process. International students may apply via a pdf application, but must also meet all UT eligibility requirements.
With funding from Erlanger, UT and non-UT medical students are provided parking at no cost during rotations, $50 each four-week block to help toward meals in the Erlanger Employee Cafeteria or national brand restaurants in the Erlanger Medical Mall (via a swipe card), and 24-hour access to the Erlanger Medical Library. Housing for up to 30 students is provided by Erlanger.
The housing is provided on a space available basis, in 15 two-bedroom, modestly furnished units at the Autumn Brook Apartments in Hixson (just north of the river from downtown Chattanooga).
First priority is to M3 UT students
Second priority is to M4 UT students
Third priority is to fourth year Visiting Students
Utilities are paid by Erlanger (electricity, water, basic cable TV, and high speed internet via ethernet modem). Students should bring their own linens, bedding (including a mattress pad), pillow, alarm clock, pots/pans, dishes, forks/spoons, and cleaning supplies. If a student brings his/her own computer, they will need an ethernet cable to connect to the internet modem. The student may also bring his/her own TV and connect to a basic cable box access for cable TV.
UT students who intend to complete most of their Clerkship and Elective rotations in Chattanooga are required to provide their own housing at their expense. Students are not permitted to stay longer than six blocks in these apartments. This helps us provide housing for those who do not have other options.
Click on the menu links to the left for a complete list of clerkships and electives, as well as how visiting medical students outside the University of Tennessee System can apply for rotations.
Contact Tammy Elliott, Coordinator in the Office of Graduate and Medical Student Education, regarding all other medical student questions regarding rotations in Chattanooga. Phone: (800) 947-7823, ext. 7442, or (423) 778-7442. Email: Tammy.Elliott@erlanger.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.