Message from the Program Director - OB/GYN


Bill Gist, MD, Program Director

July 2019



Dear Prospective Resident, 


I thank you first for your decision to become a colleague in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the interest in our obstetrics and gynecology program at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.   Our program is designed to equip our graduates with the skill set, analytic capabilities, and caring approach to be exceptional generalists or have the foundation upon which to build upon in pursuit of a subspecialty certification.  We provide the base training and then with appropriate skill acquisition we increase responsibility gradually to match the individual’s assimilation of requisite knowledge and experience.  Our program is over 70 years old with the honor being one of the oldest continuous operating programs.  We are composed of 16 residents and 2 MIGS fellows.  We host a variety of simulation labs; animal, and cadaveric structured learning environments to enhance resident surgical and medical skill set acquisition including ultrasound.  We also have opportunities for the resident to pursue a professional MBA via our local campus at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga-Gary W. Rollins School of business. 

Our departmental faculty is represented by outstanding care providers in all major subspecialties of obstetrics & gynecology including Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecological Oncology, Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Gynecology, which also houses one of the oldest fellowship programs and storied histories in the U.S.  Care provision is conducted at both the Baroness and East campuses of Erlanger health systems, the seventh largest public hospital in the U.S.  Our system represents approximately 6,000 deliveries annually.  Our health system also has a hospital in North Carolina in which we serve as the quaternary transfer center.   The MFM telemedicine  (STORC – Solutions to Obstetrics in Rural Communities) program has established outreach in 25 of the 95 counties in Tennessee as well as 8 other sites outside of Tennessee.   

Call coverage is only at the Baroness location with surgical daytime coverage at the sister campus ten miles away. We have implemented a hospitalist system to provide consistent supervision and for provision of education 24 x 7.  We have daily 7 am lectures with a protected time on Friday morning that adds another 4 hours to weekly didactics.   We supplement with quarterly visiting Professor grand rounds and a regional annual conference that draws from five states for attendance.  

Chattanooga is located in Hamilton County, noted as the Outdoor capital of the U.S. by Outdoor Magazine, straddles the states of Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.  It sits on the banks of the Tennessee River and is home to Lake Chickamauga, one of the nine Tennessee Valley Authority dams.  This makes for a playground of a variety of water sport activities.  The city has been featured as a top ten bicycle city and annually hosts the Little Debbie Ironman Triathlon and The Head of the Hooch rowing regatta, which is one of the world’s largest rowing events.  For those daring a more adventurous outing we offer rafting and kayaking on the Hiwassee River waterway, home of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics canoe slalom venue.  Chattanooga has numerous cave systems and multiple rock climbing offerings, including an artificial training center in the center of our downtown.   Chattanooga was also the first city in the U.S. to be a gig city, which has led to a vibrant start up scene with the customary trappings including incredible music venues, festivals, and numerous memorable culinary offerings. These amenities all make Chattanooga a great place to call home.  


The ideal candidate is oriented to be a team member who possesses high morals, integrity, and work ethic.   Chattanooga is known as the Can Do City, we seek the same in our active resident candidates.  We require all prospective candidates to provide USMLE examination with a minimum of 200 on both step one and two of the board exam process.  We welcome any U.S. allopathic or osteopathic graduate meeting our minimums for consideration.  All residents are required to maintain a 210 on CREOG annual examination and to have completed a quality improvement project and one approved research endeavor.  The resident has amble opportunity to engage with any of our 19 faculty MD members or our three MD/PhD or PhD faculty members for assistance and mentoring.  We have class ombudsman for each level and individual mentors chosen by the individual resident.   


On behalf of our entire faculty, I welcome your application and look forward to meeting you personally in Chattanooga.   


Warmest regards,  


C. David Adair, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.S.H.  

Professor, Vice Chair, and Program Director  

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine  

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Section on Maternal Fetal Medicine 



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