Medical Students

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NOTE:  Visiting Student Applicants
Visiting Student Rotations are not permitted at any UT Campus for June or July 2020.


VSAS/VSLO Students:  All UT College of Medicine Campuses (Memphis, Jackson, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga are not considering applications for Visiting Students for rotations in June and July 2020.  Our own UT students are scheduled to return to the clinical sites for rotations on Monday, June 1.  A decision regarding whether or not to permit students to apply via VSAS/VSLO for August rotations will be made no later than July 1 by the leadership of the statewide UTHSC College of Medicine for all UT Campuses.  Decisiosn for subsequent visiting student rotations through VSAS/VSLO will be made on a month by month basis.  Please check back periodically, and also work with your own Dean's Office regarding whether or not your medical school will permit you to apply for visiting student rotations.  Thank you for your patients.


Medical Student Overview

Each year approximately 200 -225 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 the affiliated hospital is the Erlanger Health System. Medical students are considered part of the healthcare 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.  


Click here to view the UT 2020 - 2021 Medical Student Block Schedule. We strongly advise students to follow our block schedule when requesting senior rotations at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Campus.

If Visiting Students (not from UT) are permitted during this academic year, the maximum permitted would be 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/VSLO system. Their Dean's Offices should be able to assist them in completing the application process. UT is not permitting international student rotations at this time unless there is an agreement the visiting school and the University of Tennessee.

With funding from Erlanger, medical students are provided parking at no cost during rotations, $60 each four-week block to help toward meals in the food vendors in the Erlanger Employee Cafeteria and Starbucks in the Erlanger Medical Mall lobby (via a swipe card), and 24-hour access to the UT Medical Library at Erlanger. UT provides housing for up to 28 UT students.


Limited housing is provided on a space available basis in 14 two-bedroom, modestly furnished units at Hayden Place Apartments in Chattanooga (just north of the river from downtown Chattanooga). First priority is to M3 UT students; second priority is to M4 UT students.

  • Utilities (electricity, water, basic cable TV, and high-speed internet via ethernet) are paid.
  • Students should bring their own linens, bedding (including a mattress pad), pillow, alarm clock, pots/pans, dishes, forks/spoons, shower curtain w/ rings and cleaning supplies. 
  • If a student brings a personal computer, the student will need an ethernet cable to connect to the internet modem in the living room.
  • The student may also bring a personal TV to connect to a cable box for "basic" cable TV service.

UT students who intend to complete most of their clerkship and elective rotations in Chattanooga are expected 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.


UT Students needing medical care or treatment while rotating in Chattanooga should contact the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Student Health Services for an appointment, identifying themselves as a UTHSC medical student. The phone # is 423.425.2266. UTC and UTHSC have an agreement whereby UT medical students will not be charged for basic medical services provided by Student Health. UTC Student Health Services is located across from the University Center (6421 East 5th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403) in the McClellan Gym building, Room 205. It is on the opposite side of 5th Street from the 5th Street Parking Garage. Student Health is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Click on this hyperlink to view information about UTC Student Health:


Visiting students and UT students may choose to seek medical care or treatment from our UT Family Practice Center at their own expense. For anyone electing to use the UTFP, the student will need to schedule an appointment, identifying themselves as a medical student and bringing a health insurance card to the appointment, since personal health insurance will be billed and any charge not covered by insurance will be the responsibility of the student. The phone # is 423.778.UTFP (8837). If you have problems getting an appointment, please contact Sharron Skoretz, C-TAGME, Family Medicine Residency Coordinator, at 423.778.2957 or email her at Students may also choose to seek medical care from other providers in the area, but would need to determine physicians in-network for their individual health insurance providers.


*Please note that students should not seek treatment from a faculty member who might be supervising them as a student.


UT Medical and PA Students also have access to counseling and other services via a student assistance program called NexGen Total Well-Being Program via phone (1.800.327.2255).  Counseling and a dedicated personal assistant to research information about needs are provided by the University at no cost to the students.


In addition, all faculty, residents, fellows, medical and PA students have access to mental health benefits at no charge to the individual through a new program called, "Life Bridge Chattanooga Physician Well-Being Initiative," co-sponsored by the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society.  Costs are provided via grants and the Medical Society Foundation. 


Click here to view the recent M3 Class Town Hall Discussion with Executive Dean Scott Strome (broadcast from Memphis.


Click here to view various UT Resources available for Residents and Students.


Click here to view the UTHSC Medical Student Executive Council Facebook Page.


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Contact Courtney Orloski in the Office of Graduate and Medical Student Education regarding all other medical student rotations in Chattanooga:

Phone: (800) 947-7823, ext. 7442, or (423) 778-7442






Revised 11/02/2018



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