History of Medical Education in Chattanooga



History from 1899  

Chattanooga Medical College

Historically, medical education programs have existed at Erlanger since 1899 (then known as Baroness Erlanger Hospital).  The Chattanooga Medical College, part of Grant College (later renamed the University of Chattanooga), was opened in 1899 near the hospital in downtown Chattanooga and immediately formed an amicable relationship with Erlanger.  The first intern at Erlanger was a 1900 graduate of the Chattanooga Medical College, German Haymore, MD.  The American Medical Association officially approved Erlanger's internship program in 1915. 


Other residency programs offered at Erlanger over the next few decades included:  Flexible Internship, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pathology, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, and Surgery.

Dr. German Haymore, first intern at Baroness Erlanger Hospital

1899 Amphitheater in the Chattanooga Medical College

German P. Haymore, MD
1900 Graduate of the Chattanooga
Medical College became Erlanger's First Intern
Students receiving surgical instruction
in the amphitheater of the Chattanooga
Medical College in 1899
 Recent History  
In the early 1970's, due to stringent accreditation standards, Erlanger faced considerable difficulty in maintaining quality programs as a stand-alone community hospital without the involvement of a major medical school. The Oral Surgery voluntarily closed before the end of the 1970's, and others were in jeopardy of closing.  

In 1973, as a result of a grassroots effort organized by citizens concerned with the quality of local health care, the Tennessee State Legislature established a Chattanooga Clinical Education Center of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Erlanger Medical Center was selected as the primary training site and included T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital and the Willie D. Miller Eye Center. An affiliation agreement was signed in 1974 between the hospital and the University. Under this agreement the University assumed educational responsibility for all medical education programs at these facilities.

Aerial view of the Erlanger Medical Center
The three major areas of responsibility of the Chattanooga Unit were defined as:
  • the training of medical students electing to participate in clinical clerkships and electives
  • graduate training of residents and

  • training physicians and allied health personnel in continuing medical education opportunities

Dean Seaberg with the two prior Deans (Drs. Blankenbaker and Ruffner) Today, the Chattanooga campus, now called the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, remains a viable part of a statewide network of Graduate Medical Education and is a component of the main medical school campus in Memphis. Our primary clinical training site is The Erlanger Health System, specifically the Erlanger Baroness Campus shown above, as well as other Erlanger campuses: Children's Hospital at Erlanger (located adjacent to the Baroness campus), Erlanger East (including a new Emergency Department), Erlanger North, and the UT Family Practice Center. Erlanger is the region’s only tertiary care center and major teaching hospital and is licensed for 818 acute beds and 50 long-term care beds serving patients from 50 counties within a 150-mile radius.

Sponsored programs as of July 1, 2018, provide training for approximately 189 residents and fellows in these 20 programs:

  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

  • Emergency Medicine Residency

  • Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

  • Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship (non-ACGME accredited, trainees hold faculty appointments)

  • Family Medicine Residency

  • Gastroenterology Fellowship

  • Internal Medicine Residency

  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship [MIGS] (Approved by the Association of Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopists)

  • Neuro-Interventional Surgery Fellowship (non-ACGME Accredited, trainees hold faculty appointments)

  • OB/GYN Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

  • Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship (Approved by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association)

  • Pediatrics Residency

  • Plastic Surgery Residency

  • Surgery Residency

  • Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

  • Transitions to Practice in General Surgery (approved by the American College of Surgeons, trainees hold faculty appointments)

  • Urology Residency

  • Vascular Surgery Fellowship

Additional residency and fellowship programs being considered for our campus:

  • Cardiology Subspecialty Fellowships
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
  • Neurology Residency
  • Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Psychiatry Residency
  • Radiology Residency
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship (Primary Care, Non-Operative)
  • Stroke Fellowship
Revised 10/31/2018  


















































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