Surgery Applicant Information

Surgery Residency Application Process
Five Categorical Positions and Four Preliminary Positions 



The Surgery Residency Program in Chattanooga provides outstanding educational opportunities for general surgery and surgery subspecialty training. Our residency is a six-year program consisting of five years in clinical training and one year in clinical research. Residents are assigned to required research rotations in three four-month segments during the PGY-2, PGY-3, and PGY-4 levels of training. Sixty practicing physicians serve as members of the faculty, 31 of whom are full-time, hospital-based.

Applicants for our Surgery Residency Program must participate in the National Residency Matching Program. There are separate tracts for Categorical Surgery and Preliminary Surgery applicants.  Our program only accepts applications via ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service) sponsored by the AAMC.  Your dean's office will assist you in submitting your application and supporting documentation.  
Our ACGME program ID# is 440-47-11-320.


We require the following documentation:

  • USMLE transcripts
  • ERAS electronic application
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • MSPE (Medical Student Performance Evaluation)
  • 3 additional letters of recommendation from U.S. Board Certified physicians (via ERAS)

Before a resident can begin the Surgery Residency in Chattanooga, they must have passed USMLE Step 1 and 2 on first attempt, and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills. Incoming residents who do not meet these requirements will not be able to start training.


Our program deadline for receiving applications (with the exception of Dean's Letter) is October 31. 

NRMP Program Code for our 5 Categorical Surgery Positions:  1689440C0

NRMP Program Code for our 4 Preliminary Surgery Positions:  1689440P0


We offer up to a total of 9 first year positions at the PGY-1 level:

  • 5 Categorical Surgery positions which lead to board eligibility in general surgery

  • 4 Preliminary Surgery positions for pre-requisite training for subspecialties (such as otolaryngology, neurosurgery, and urology.) 

Please view the links below regarding our current Initial Resident Letter of Agreement and terms and conditions of appointment, as well as recruitment, selection, and appointment policy:


Initial Resident Agreement

Recruitment and Selection Policy


Erlanger does not pay for hotels for applicants selected for interview with the Surgery Residency Program; however, several hotels may give you a discount if you identify yourself as interviewing with the UT College of Medicine and Erlanger, including the Holiday Inn Express  (Downtown near the river), the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, and Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Chattanooga near 4th Street and the riverfront - an easy drive to Erlanger Hospital for your interview.


Please be sure to review the webpages for Graduate Medical Education for additional information on our campus and policies.


Note:  The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners requires that applicants for license in Tennessee must be graduates either from LCME or AOA accredited schools or from international schools whose admission meet or exceed those of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.  The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and its programs have determined that they will only consider applicants for student rotations or residency/fellowship applications who are from schools who meet these same criteria so they would be eligible for medical license in Tennessee after completing residency.  The Board of Medical Examiners adopts the following list of accreditation bodies:

  • In addition, the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) provides a list of countries whose designated accreditation process or designated organization used for their accreditation has comparable standards used to evaluate medical schools in the United States by the LCME. Medical schools in those countries and accredited by the listed accrediting authority will be deemed to meet the criteria required in Tennessee 

Updated  10/12/2016

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