Fast Facts

UT College of Medicine Chattanooga



Established in 1973 as a branch campus of the main medical school in Memphis.  The other campuses for the Universtiy of Tennessee College of Medicine include Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga and provide training for junior and senior medical students as well as residency and fellowship programs.  



  • Medical Students
  • Residents and Fellows
  • Continuing Medical Education for Practicing Physicians
  • Research
  • Community Service



Between 35 and 50 junior and senior medical students rotate at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga at any given time.

Approximately 150 individual students rotate in Chattanooga each year.

All required clerkships (Family Medicine, Internal Mediine, OB/GYN, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Ambulatory Medicine, Medicine Specialties, Surgical Subspecialties, and Quality Improvement/Patient Safety) are available for UT junior students.

44 additional electives available for UT and other US medical students. 



The UT College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to sponsor graduate medical education programs. Received maximum accreditation cycle (five years) with commendations and without citations in 2016.


Ten accredited residency programs are sponsored:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Transitional Year
  • Urology

The Emergency Medicine Residency in Chattanooga is the first EM residency within the University of Tennessee System and only the second such program in Tennessee.


Eight Fellowship programs are sponsored:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (not seeking accreditation)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery (not seeking accreditation)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • EMS
  • Gastroenterology

Approximately 170 residents and fellows are enrolled as full-time graduate students of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. Future programs being considered for the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga include a Radiology Residency and fellowships in Pulmonary Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, and Neuro-Invasive Radiologic Surgery.



The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), including all campuses of the UT College of Medicine, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education programs for practicing physicians. In 2009, UTHSC received the maximum CME accreditation cycle (6 years) with commendation. 



Department Chairs of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga report directly to the local Dean, Dr. Shack.  

  • R. Bruce Shack, MD  Dean of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga
  • David M. Stern, MD – Executive Dean for the Universtiy of Tennessee Health Science Center.
  • Robert C. Fore, EdD, FACEHP, CHCP  Associate Dean for the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and serves as the Designated Insitutional Official (DIO) for our campus with the accrediting body. He serves as the statewide Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education for the UT Health Sciences Center.
  • Charles L. Campbell, MD  Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs.
  • Mukta Panda, MD, FACP  Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education.


  • Erlanger Health System is the primary clinical training site for the medical education programs of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and has a major affiliation with the Universtiy of Tennessee that governs these cooperative efforts.
  • Erlanger has a long history of medical education since its founding in the late 1890's.
  • The American Medical Association first approved the Rotating Internship at Erlanger (then knows as the Baroness Erlanger Hospital) in 1915.
  • Erlanger has been continuously involved in medical education for students and residents since that time.
  • Erlanger is currently accredited by the Joint Commission, effective October 1, 2011.
  • Erlanger has five Tennessee-based medical campuses: Erlanger East, Erlanger North, Erlanger Bledsoe, and the downtown campus, Erlanger Baroness, which also includes the campus of T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital, and has entered into a management agreement with Hutcherson Medical Center just across the state line in Georgia (Ft. Oglethorpe).
  • Erlanger is licensed for 818 acute-care beds and 50 long-term care beds serving patients from 50 counties within a 150-mile radius.
  • Erlanger has been designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center for both adults and children.
  • Children's Hospital at Erlanger is a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center (CRPC), the highest designation in the state for pediatrics, featuring a full complement of pediatric subspecialists, as well as a pediatric ER, ICU, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, providing the highest level of care in the region to premature and sick infants.
  • The Erlanger Baroness Campus offers a Tertiary Level III Care Center for high-risk obstetrics as well as L/D services for low-risk patients. Erlanger East Campus offers single room maternity care for low-risk vaginal deliveries, surgical facilities for C-sections and a Level IIA special care nursery.
  • The region's first Wound Care Center, featuring Level 1 accredited hyperbaric treatment, is based at the Erlanger Baroness campus.


Approximately 460 physicians hold faculty appointments in the various departments of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and are integrally involved in education the physicians of the FUTURE.              



  • Improving metabolic health for children and youth (Middle Tennessee State University - CAPHY [Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth])
  • "PROMISE" trial (prospective imaging study for evaluation of chest pain) (NIH Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • FLU-003 (observational study of in-hospital flu patients) (NIH NIAID [National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases])
  • MRSA in a Trauma Population - Does Decolonization Prevent Infection?  (National Trauma Institute)
  • Since Dean Seaberg's administration, more than $3.4 Million in grants have been awarded to the Chattanooga Campus.
  • Melatonin trial (Dialysis Clinic, Inc.)
  • Nanotechnology research iniatives to develop a nano bone repair device for limb salvage (federal appropriation)
  • Grants in excess of $1.9 Million have been awarded in 2011-2012 to the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Campus.


  • A state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Center opened in January 2009 which houses both a traditonal but innovative surgical skills lab and a new human patient simulation lab:
    • Medical Director:  Benjamin Dart, MD
    • Skills Lab Director:  Richard Cook, PA

  • Provides medical students, residents, fellows, practicing physicians, and other allied health professionals with opportunities for multidisciplinary training.

  • Human patient simjulation mannequins provide patient care situations that are as close to human beings as possilbe. Medical emergencies and rarely encountered scenarios can be duplicated with computer-controlled mannequins so health professionals may learn needed skills in a mistake-proof environment.


Revised 7/18

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

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