FUTURE DOCS  is the label for several programs in Chattanooga which provide information and OBSERVING experience students age 18 and over who are interested in careers as physicians but are not yet in the clinical years of medical school.


FUTURE DOCS  individual observing programs include two that are sponsored by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society -- the Youth Leadership Forum and the Medical Explorations Program:

  • Youth Leadership Forum - a one week informational and observer program each summer (sponsored and directed by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and involving several area hospitals).  Questions can be addressed to the Medical Society at 423-622-2872 or info@chattmd.org.   Applications should also be emailed to info@chattmd.org.  To view information about YLF, go to the Medical Society's website at:  
    https://www.chattmd.org/youth-leadership-forum.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to download an application or to view the brochure.  Application deadline for YLF is April 12, 2019.  
  • Medical Explorations Program - a structured programmed of didactics and clinical observation (2 weeks) also sponsored by the Medical Society.  Dr. Mukta Panda, Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education, is the contact.  Participants must be at least 18 years old at the time of the actual program.  To ask questions about the program or to request an application, please email info@chattmd.org.  Applications are open from May 6 through June 17, 2019.

The third program is our "Sponsored Clinical Observer" Program.

  • Sponsored Clinical Observer Program - observers must be non-medical students, at least 18 years old, who want to observe or shadow a physician for up to two days at our affiliated hospital, Erlanger Health System.  Erlanger has asked the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga to oversee this program, whereby these students may observe (shadow) faculty physicians who also hold Medical Staff appointments within Erlanger.  This experience is for clinical observation only and cannot involve any hands-on clnical patient care (including physical exams, procedures, etc.) nor direct access to the hospital electronic health record.  The University is not responsible for requests for students asking to shadow physicians who do not hold UT Faculty appointments.

Other than these programs, the University of Tennessee and Erlanger do not offer formal observing experiences for students or physicians requesting to observe physicians within the hospital.  Erlanger has, in the past, offered job shadowing with Erlanger employees (non-physicians); however, we have been told that Erlanger has placed that program on hold until June 2019.  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga does not offer opportunities for physicians to observe our faculty, residents, and fellows.  For more information, check the Erlanger website and search for job shadowing.


At this time, the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga does not have nurse practitioners or physician assistants on staff and cannot accommodate nurse practitioners students or PA students from other universities requesting clinical rotations beyond the five UTHSC Memphis PA students assigned to our campus for their year-long clinical rotations (January - November each year).  


Nursing Students, Nurse Practitioner Students, or PA Students who wish to request clinical rotations at Erlanger, must coordinate requests through the Erlanger Job Shadowing Program by visiting https://www.erlanger.org/job-opportunities/job-shadowing.  Erlanger requires a clinical agreement between each university and program and Erlanger.  These would not go through the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga.


The Sponsored Clinical Observing Experiences of students with Faculty Physicians (described above) do not involve hands-on clinical care.  These are for observing/shadowing only.  


For more information about the FUTure Docs Programs or the Sponsored Clinical Observer Programs to apply, please click on the links on the left-hand menu.


Revised 05/21/2019

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