Welcome Incoming Residents/Fellows!


 Chattanooga Resource & Relocation Guide 2019   

We are so glad you are joining the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga community and believe you will enjoy living in Chattanooga.

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Key Points to Remember:

  • You will be an employee of the University of Tennessee and not our affiliated hospital, Erlanger.  Please be aware that your first official day of residency training will be Monday, July 1, 2019, unless you have already been given a later start date by your Program Director. 
  • Life suSunset Chattanoogapport certification -- Depending on your specialty, you will need to obtain BLS, ACLS, PALS, and/or ATLS certification before you officially begin your residency or fellowship on July 1. If you can obtain the required certifications prior to July 1 at your medical school or current training program, you will just need to send the GME Office a copy of your certification cards denoting dates of certification. If you cannot obtain certification on your own, you will need to participate in online training and required sessions and skills tests in Chattanooga the last two weeks of June.   
Certification Type: Training Dates offered in Chattanooga: Programs Required to Complete:
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
Cardio, EM, Ortho, & Surgery
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)  June 20-21, 2019 Surgery, Ortho, Urology, &  EM Residents
Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) June 20-21, 2019  FM Residents Only
Basic Life Support (BLS)
EM, OB/GYN, Ortho & Surgery Residents
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Cardio Fellows, FM, IM & PEDS Residents
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
FM, & OB/GYN Residents
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) PEDS Residents
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for PEDS Residents
PEDS Residents
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
FM & EM Residents
  • All incoming residents and fellows beginning training July 1 must attend an Erlanger required computer and eCHART (epic) training session (Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25, 2019).
    • Mon, June 24 (8 AM - 4 PM on Riverside Drive):  Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine
    • Tues, June 25 (8 AM - 4 PM on Riverside Drive):  Colon & Rectal Sugery, OB/GYN, Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery, Urology, and Vascular Surgery
  • Wednesday and Thursday, June 26 and 27, 2019, have been set aside for orientation by your departments and program.
  • Wednesday June 26 -- Welcome reception on the Southern Belle Riverboat, 6 - 9 PM, for all current and incoming residents and fellows, faculty, and staff.
  • All incoming residents and fellows must attend a one-day required hospital and University orientation on Friday, June 28, 2019.  Included will be official UT photos in your new lab coats
  • University insurance representatives will be available on June 28 to finalize and explain the insurance plans and benefits. Please see below for the 2019-2020 health insurance rates:
 Resident Health Insurance Rates
  Monthly Total Cost  Monthly Employee 
Employee Only  $  468.17   $ 95
Employee + Spouse $   936,28   $190
Employee+ Child(ren) $   829.92   $165
Family $1,299.28   $260

All incoming residents and fellows must:

  • Give permission for and pass a Criminal Background Check (online) through a third party company called the "Cora Croup."
  • Pass a drug screen, mask fit test, TB skin test, and immunization screening (including necessary titers and immunizations) performed by Erlanger Employee Health (called Work Force).  Male residents and fellows must be clean or close shaven in order that the respirator will be able to seal for the OSHA-required mask fit test which would be used in negative pressure patient rooms.
  • Document a physical exam conducted since January 2019, and have a health statement form stating that the resident/fellow is physically and mentally fit to begin duty in our residency program.  The form must be signed by a U.S. licensed physician.  If you do not have a primary care physician and cannot get the physical exam done prior to July 1, you will be able to contact
    WorkForce to schedule a physical exam earlier this upcoming Spring (at your own cost -- $55). 

We are looking forward to working with you as you enter this next chapter in your medical education training.  


Pamela D. Scott, C-TAGME

Director, Graduate and Medical Student Education  

pscott1@uthsc.edu, 423.778.7442


Email addresses and phone #s for the Program Coordinators:


Cardiovascular Disease & Gastroenterology Fellowships

Tammy.Elliott@erlanger.org    423.778.4465


Emergency Medicine Residency and EMS & Ultrasound Fellowships

Velvet.Green@erlanger.org    423.778.7628


Family Medicine Residency

Sharron.Skoretz@erlanger.org    423.778.2957 


Internal Medicine Residency

Deborah.Fuller@erlanger.org    423.778.2998


OB/GYN Residency

Paula.Barnett@erlanger.org    423.778.7515


Orthopaedic Surgery Residency & Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

Donna.Gibson@erlanger.org    423.778.9008


Pediatrics Residency

Ashley.Thurston@erlanger.org     423.778.6217 


Plastic Surgery Residency

Tara.Lee@thepsg.org    423.778.9047 


Surgery Residency and Vascular Surgery Fellowships 

Cindy.Rudolph@erlanger.org     423.778.7695


Surgical Critical Care & Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowships

Maggie.Hamblen@erlanger.org     423.778.7695


Urology Residency

Stacey.Blanks@erlanger.org   423.778.4691


Revised 03/20/19

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