Welcome Incoming Residents/Fellows!


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 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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A new UT GME Statewide Resident/Fellow Stipend Scale has been approved for 2019-2020 (effective July 1, 2019) -- the Chattanooga Campus will remain at the same scale as the Memphis Campus.  Amounts are the based on the trainee's level in the program (PGY 1 through 7) regardless of the specialty:


Base Annual
Annual Stipend w/Life
and Disability Offset*
Total Stipend
1 $ 52,956 $ 53,616 $ 4,468
2 $ 54,732 $ 55,392 $ 4,616
3 $ 56,460 $ 57,120 $ 4,760
4 $ 58,944 $ 59,604 $ 4,967
5 $ 61,164 $ 61,824 $ 5,152
6 $ 63,523 $ 64,188 $ 5,340
7 $ 65,904 $ 66,564 $ 5,547


*Life and Disability Offset per year is $660 (or $55 per month)



Southern Belle Invitation 2019


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Other 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 for Part 1 of each course and then required Part 2 in-person sessions and skills tests in Chattanooga the last two weeks of June according to the schedules below.   
Certification Type: Training Dates offered at Erlanger for UT College of Medicine Chattanooga: Programs Required to Complete:
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) -- Class for Family Medicine & Emergency Medicine Residents Mon, June 17, 2019 (8 - 11:30 AM) FM & EM Residents
Basic Life Support (BLS) Mon, June 17, 2019 (2 - 4 PM) Card/GI Fellows, EM, FM, and IM Residents
Basic Life Support (BLS) Mon, June 17, 2019 (4 - 6 PM) OB/GYN, Ortho, Peds, Surgery & Urology Residents
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) -- Class for Pediatrics Residents Tues, June 18, 2019 (8 - 11:30 AM) Peds Residents Only
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Tues, June 18, 2019 (8 - 11:30 AM)  EM, OB/GYN, Ortho, Surgery, and Urology Residents
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Tues, June 18, 2019 (12:30 - 4 PM) FM, IM, & Card/GI Residents and Fellows
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Wed, June 19, 2019 (7 - 10 AM) FM & OB/GYN Residents
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Thurs, June 20, 2019 (8 - 11 AM) Peds Residents Only
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)  Thursday and Friday, June 20-21, 2019 (all day) EM, Ortho, Surgery and Urology Residents
Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Thursday and Friday, June 20-21, 2019 (all day)  FM Residents Only
  • Monday, June 24 -- Emergency Medicine Residents will have special program orientation sessions.  Velvet Green will contact you regarding details. 
  • 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):  Card/GI, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics
    • Tues, June 25 (8 AM - 4 PM on Riverside Drive):  Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN, Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic 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 evening, June 26 -- Welcome reception on the Southern Belle Riverboat, 6 - 9 PM, for all current and incoming residents and fellows, faculty, and staff.

  • Thursday morning, June 27 (9 - 11 AM) -- Special Well-Being Session with all Residents and Fellows in the Erlanger POB Conference Room (First Floor Erlanger Medical Mall next to the B Elevators).  Then all Residents and Fellows may rejoin their programs for orientation.
  • Friday, June 28, 2019, (8 AM - 4 PM) -- All incoming residents and fellows must attend a one-day required hospital and University orientation also in the Erlanger POB Conference Room (First Floor Erlanger Medical Mall next to the B Elevators).  Included will be sessions with the Dean, Chairs, Program Directors, Erlanger Administration, and our Associate Dean/DIO, Dr. Robert Fore.  You will also have official UT photos made in your new lab coats.
  • University insurance representatives will be available on June 28 to finalize and explain all the insurance plans and benefits (health, hospitalization, vision, dental, life, and disability).  Please see below for the 2019-2020 health insurance rates:
Resident Health Insurance Resident Health Insurance
  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 04/18/19

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