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Incoming Residents and Fellows

Welcome 2021 Incoming Residents and Fellows

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and our entire GME Community believe that you will enjoy living in Chattanooga.  We are so very pleased to have you join our programs this summer!

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has lessened in recent weeks, and our programs are planning a number of small, in-person activities to prepare your for entering our workforce as a physician on Thursday, July 1.  Click on our revised Orientation Schedule tab to the right of this message. 

Our institution-wide GME Orientation will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 30 (8 - 11:30 AM).  We will try our best to finish before 11:30 AM.  but we will keep it as brief and painless as possible.  We thank you for all the work you have already done to be prepared and ready to begin this next step in your GME training.  

Our House Staff Association and the University are hosting a unique social activity for the evening of Tuesday, June 29 -- a cruise on the Southern Belle Riverboat on the Tennessee River.  You should have already received the email about the event so make sure to add it to your calendars.  You may bring a guest with you.  We will welcome you to board the riverboat beginning at 6 PM  and then a cruise from 7 - 9 PM.  The party continues on the riverboat until 10 PM.  You will be able to meet and mingle with your fellow incoming Residents and Fellows as well our returning Residents, Fellows, Faculty, and staff.  We are getting very anxious to see you and talk with you in person!

Official UT white coat photos are scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM each day, in the UT Computer Classroom (located in the Whitehall Building, 1st Floor, near the UT GME Office on the same floor).  We will distribute your monogrammed coats, badges with meal cards and proxy access to Erlanger buildings, doors, and parking as described in the gray box on the right hand side of this page, and N95 mask and eye protection as you get your photos taken by our professional photographer, David Humber.


All incoming residents and fellows must:

  1. Give permission for and pass a Criminal Background Check (online) through a third party company called the "Cora Croup."
  2. Pass a drug screen, mask fit test, 2-TB skin tests, and immunization screening (including necessary titers and immunizations) performed by the Erlanger Employee Health arm of Erlanger Express Care.  Male residents and fellows must be clean- or close-shaved 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.
  3. Document a physical exam conducted since January 2021, 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 Erlanger Express Care to schedule a physical exam earlier this upcoming Spring (at your own cost: $65).

Everyone is working to find creative ways to meet our requirements and ensure a smooth transition to your residency and fellowship programs. We will keep you posted.

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 Thursday, July 1, 2021, unless you have already been given a later start date by your Program Director.   This includes Cardiology and Gastroenterology Fellows.  Surgical Fellows will begin on August 1, 2021.

Life support 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 certifications 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.

Please let us know if there is anything else with which we can assist you.

Toolkit:  Transition to Residency (ACGME Website)UT GME Orientation Presentation - RevisedOverview of the Erlanger IT System including eChart (link)Malpractice, Professional Immunity, and Other Legal IssuesNew Innovations for Residents Overview (including Duty Hours Reporting)Professionalism PresentationSalary and BenefitsOrientation SchedulesCertification Training Schedules (BLS, ACLS, PALS, ATLS, and ALSO)Erlanger Health System WebsiteGME Fast FactsChattanooga Safe and CleanVisit Chattanooga VideoLiving in Chattanooga-Training at ErlangerWhy Chattanooga?My Chattanooga 2021 Edition:  The Insider's Guide

Photo ID Badge from Erlanger

As you begin residency and fellowship training in Chattanooga, you will be issued a photo ID badge by our hospital's Human Resources Department.  Since not all the Erlanger staff are back full-time, in-person, we have decided to  use the photos that you provided us for your official ID.  The badge has been set up as a proxy badge for entry into the Erlanger buildings, doors you must access during your GME training, and even parking on the upper 2 levels of the main Erlanger Parking Garage off Central Avenue. 

We will distribute the badges with your meal cards, N95 masks, cloth UTHSC masks, protective eye goggles, badge rell, and some other goodies on Mon and Tue, June 28 and 29 (9:30 AM - 2:30 PM each day) when you report to the 1st floor of the Whitehall Building to get your official UT White coat photos made in the UT Computer Classroom near the UT GME Office  on one of those days.

We will have your monogrammed white coats for you at that time.

A group of eChart trainers will also be in the Classroom to get you set up with fingerprint ID for ePrescribing via the Imprivata App -- all before you actually begin clinical duties on Thu, July 1.

See you then!

Last Published: Aug 31, 2021