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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!

This year, particularly due to the fluid and daily changing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, our institution-wide orientation and related activity schedules may change so please refer back to this link frequently and check your email communication from our GME Department and your individual Coordinators.  Since incoming trainees in each program are smaller groups, the programs are planning in-person orientation and training sessions before you actually being residency or fellowship training.


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 ExpressCare.  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.
  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 ExpressCare to schedule a physical exam earlier this upcoming Spring (at your own cost: $65).

Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic, we are working on a potential outdoor welcome reception on June 29 or 30, 2021.  We will keep you posted as information is updated.

We have modified plans for certification training, institutional orientation and possibly some of your program orientations.  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 check this website periodically for updates and check your email communication from our GME Department and your individual Coordinators. We are looking forward to working closely with you as you enter this next chapter in your medical education training.   

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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.  You will need to stop by the Erlanger Support Services Building, located at 1616 Riverside Drive, Chattanooga, TN  37406, on the right-hand side of Riverside Drive when driving away from the hospital.  The HR staff will take your photo for the Erlanger-issued badge.  The badge will be set up as a proxy badge for entry into the Erlanger buildings and doors you must access during your GME training.  You should be able to begin getting your photos made on June 1.  The HR Office is open M-F between 8 AM and 4 PM ET.  Once your photo has been taken, your The badges will be held and then distributed to you at your Department/Program Orientations toward the end of June -- before you actually begin clinical duties.

Last Published: Apr 22, 2021