Family Medicine Residency Program Overview

What is Special About the Specialty of Breadth?


The specialty of breadth -  Why do we become family physicians?  Is it the rush of adrenaline with a midnight delivery?  Is it the satisfaction of relationships formed over years of diligent care?  Is it the challenging spectrum of chief complaints that present each day?  What about the anguish of accompanying a family through diagnosis and treatment of terminal illness?  Is it the ability to move from private practice, to group practice, to academic practice?  To practice in the office, the hospital, neither or both?  The answer to all of these is yes - the career of a family physician is not a destination, but a journey.  We hope you choose to join us in Chattanooga to begin your journey as a family physician.


Allison Smith at Edward's Point


History of Our Program


Founded in 1995 by our first Chair, J. Mack Worthington, MD, FAAFP, with the goal of bringing the ideals of family medicine to the campus of a tertiary care medical center, our department has not wavered in its determination to offer broad, evidence-based training to our residents and medical students. We practice our inpatient care in the 7th largest public hospital in the country which has 540 beds and serves as a regional medical center. Over the ensuing years our faculty has expanded to include individuals certified not only in family medicine but also obstetrics, geriatrics, hypertension, mental health and sports medicine. We have continued to grow under the leadership of our current Chair, James W. Haynes, MD.



UTFPC entranceThe UT Family Practice Center in Chattanooga


The UT Family Practice Center is the hub of our Family Medicine Residency Program and is a freestanding 36,000 square foot facility adjacent to Erlanger Medical Center with a patient population that exceeds 5,000.  We have on-site capabilities to do imaging studies, ultrasound, laboratory testing, EKG, audiometry, and spirometry. Faculty members precept residents in vasectomy, circumcision, colposcopy, dermatologic excisions, injections of both large and small joints, loop electrocautery excision as well as dermatologic procedures and intrauterine device insertions. 


Patient Care


Are you a patient seeking a primary care physician?  Our office is centrally located at East Third Street and Central Avenue, just off the Erlanger campus. We currently accept most insurance plans in both our resident and faculty practices.  All care administered by our resident physicians is provided under the supervision of a board-certified attending physician.  Please contact us with questions, or to schedule an appointment, at 423.778.8837.


Updated 07/29/2020

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

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