Emergency Medicine Residency
Welcome to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Emergency Medicine web page. We are a recently accredited Emergency Medicine residency, with our first class having started in July 2008. Our program achieved academic departmental status in January 2011.
The Erlanger Health System Emergency Department is one of the busiest and most advanced in the region. Our physician faculty are residency-trained and board-certified in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. As a tertiary care referral center with access to virtually all medical specialties and subspecialties, Erlanger and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga have partnered to provide a world-class academic experience for post-graduate medical training.
In addition to the Erlanger Health System, we have now partnered with Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenenssee, in order to provide a unique opportunity to train in a busy urban hospital that blends community experience with academic expertise. This hospital boasts an annual emergency department census of over 60,000 patients, and is staffed by board-certified emergency physicians. Methodist University serves the midsouth area as a Level II trauma center, a primary stroke center (designated by the Joint Commission), a certified chest pain center, and a busy transplant center – all of which lead to a rich experience of diverse patient presentations. During this rotation, residents will be provided with housing, a meal allowance, and travel reimbursement. Residents also enjoy a significant sense of autonomy, leadership, and respect in their daily work as the only emergency medicine trained residents in the department, which previously was staffed only by off-service residents. Finally this one month rotation is made complete by the warm hospitality provided by the faculty and staff of this hospital, who are eager to see the positive impact of specialty training brought to their emergency department.
Residents who train in Emergency Medicine will be able to take advantage of the remarkable facilities and resources of Erlanger Hospital and University of Tennessee College of Medicine in the comfort and convenience of a mid-sized city like Chattanooga. We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about what our program has to offer.
Program training format: PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3
Program start date: July 2008
Department Interim Chair and Program Director: James Creel, MD, FACEP
Associate Program Director: Sudave Mendiratta, MD
Research Directors: Francis Fesmire, MD, FACEP and Harry Severance, MD, FACEP
Dean of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga: David Seaberg, MD, FACEP (President of the American College of Emergency Physicians)
Number of residents per entering class: 6
Total number of residents: 20
Number of Core Faculty: 7
Number of Clinical Faculty: 18 (including pediatric EM)
Emergency Department Volume: over 50,000 (adult) and 37,000 (pediatric)
Single Site Training: Erlanger Baroness Medical Center in downtown Chattanooga
- 760-bed tertiary hospital serving patients from 4 states (50 counties) within a 150-mile radius
- region's only teaching hospital in a 120-mile radius (between Nashville and Atlanta)
- region’s first and only Level 1 accredited hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment
- Southeast Tennessee's only accredited primary stroke center
- region's only pediatric hospital, T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital
- region's only Level I Trauma Center
- host to region's busiest air ambulance program, LIFE FORCE, equipped with two EC-135 aircraft and one Bell 407, transports over 2000 patients/year
- region’s only kidney transplant program