Non-UT Visiting Students


NOTE:  Visiting Student Applicants:  


Please first apply through the departmental online applications through this site, and allow 7-10 business days for the department(s) to reply directly to your application via email.


VSAS Students:  If your campus participates in the Visiting Student Application System, you may apply accordingly.


Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be accepted and reviewed after May 1, 2018.


Visiting medical students from schools other than the University of Tennessee can elect up to three four-week electives during their senior year at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga.  Most departments have agreed that non-UT visiting students must fit their requests into the block times establlished by the University of Tennessee for our own students.  Click on the link to the left to view 2018-2019 UT Student Block Dates (starting May 2018).  


Observerships for medical students, physician assistants, or physicians are not available.


The Chattanooga programs offer 40+ elective rotations.  All medical student rotations at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga are comparable to those at the main campus in Memphis.   Click on the link to the left to view the Elective Catalog and descriptions for each course.


Non-UT visiting senior (students in their last year of medical school) students from other U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools must use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to apply for electives at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga.  Click on the link to the right to get details about the VSAS system.  


Non-UT visiting senior students from international medical schools must download the pdf UT Visiting Student application form.  The form must be completed by the student and then approved by the student's Dean's office.


Several of our departments ask that you submit a brief online form prior to applying through VSAS or using the pdf application.  Click on the left-hand links if the rotation you desire is one of the following departments:

  • Emergency Medicine (Does not accept students outside the UT Block Dates)
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine and related subspecialties (Does not accept students outside the UT Block Dates).  
  • OB/GYN (Does not accept students outside the UT Block Dates; Due to an increasing volume of UT students rotating in Chattanooga, the Department of OB/GYN is unable to consider visiting students from institutions outside the US)
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Due to the increase in requests from our own UT students and students from other US LCME and AOA accredited schools, we are unable to consider applications from international students at this time. 
  • Pediatrics and related subspecialties
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery and related subspecialties (Due to the high volume of requests from our own UT students and students from other US LCME and AOA accredited schools, the Department of Surgery is unable to consider applications from international medical students at this time.)  
  • Urology

Once you have submitted your VSAS application for a senior elective rotation in Chattanooga, the department will answer the student directly as soon as they have the opportunity to review the application.  The length of this process depends on the department responsibilities.  

*We ask that you allow at least 14 business days for a response via email.


Whether applying via VSAS or the pdf UT Visiting Student Application form, students must meet the criteria below and this information must be verified by the home medical school:   


The student

  • is (or will be) a senior student at the time of the rotation(s)
  • has passed the USMLE Step 1 exam or comparable COMLEX 1 exam (on first attempt)*
  • has been immunized against measles and rubella, has completed the hepatitis b vaccine series, chickenpox vaccine and has taken a TB skin test within the past year
  • has both malpractice and personal heath insurance coverage that is in effect while the student is away from that institution  (Note:  The student must provide a copy of his/her health insurance card before beginning the rotation.)
  • is currently certified in CPR
  • has undergone a recent background check (at their matriculation or more recently) and
  • has completed HIPAA compliance and security training.


Visiting students completing the PDF UT Visiting Student Application Form should mail the completed form to:


The Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Education
UT College of Medicine Chattanooga
960 East Third Street, Suite 104
Chattanooga, TN  37403
(423) 778-7442 


After the form has been processed, the student and his/her medical school will receive a copy of the approved form, and the student will receive instructions about the rotation.  


Non-UT visiting students must be in good standing in the final year at their home institutions and must be authorized to take external electives. Currently, students who are regularly enrolled in another medical school and paying tuition at that school are not charged tuition at The University of Tennessee for brief elective periods. This policy may change in the future, and the school reserves the right to charge tuition at any time.



Note:  If your school already requires a criminal background check, whether applying via VSAS or our paper application, the UT College of Medicine requires that you submit a copy to Kimberlee Norwood at the main medical school campus in Memphis.  You can email with any questions about the criminal background check.  Her phone # is (901) 448-3843.  Her mailing address is:


Kimberlee Norwood
UT Health Science Center
College of Medicine
910 Madison Avenue, Ste. 1002
Memphis, TN 38163


If your school does not require criminal background checks and your Dean's Office is not familiar with how to request one, you can go to the following website to obtain a criminal background check for medical students:  The visiting student will be responsible for the cost of the background check.  If your medical school is not listed in the drop down list as you follow the directions, select UT Health Sciences Center - Memphis/College of Medicine.


If you have additional questions about rotations in Chattanooga, please contact the GME Office at
(423) 778-7442 or via email:  You may also contact the Director, Pamela Scott at the same number or via email at  


Updated 02/27/2018


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

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