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Medical Student Clerkships & Required Rotations

The UTHSC College of Medicine Chattanooga offers all core clerkships for UTHSC medical students (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery).

We also offer all required rotations including Capstone, Geriatrics-Palliative Care, and required Junior Internships (Senior Clerkships). Use the links below to learn more about each clerkship and course director.  Click on this hyperlink to view the listing of Clerkship Directors.

Comments from UTHSC Medical Students Rotating in Chattanooga

"I have done all of my rotations here in Chattanooga and I could not ask for a better experience. The smaller amount of students rotating here compared to Memphis allows for more direct interaction with residents and attendings, while also allowing for increased responsibilities in patient care. I saw a diverse population during all of my rotations and got a ton of hands on experience. Additionally, the skills lab in Chattanooga is state-of-the-art and gives students a chance to actually do OR procedures and gain valuable surgery skills and suturing practice. I highly recommend the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger for clinical rotations, I definitely do not regret coming here."  (Jordan Halsey, M4)

"I chose to move back to Chattanooga for my 3rd and 4th years of medical school, and I am very glad that I chose to come here. I have had a fantastic experience on all of my rotations. The smaller class sizes in Chattanooga have allowed me to get more individual attention from attendings and residents, and I believe that my education has been magnificent as a result. Attendings not only know my name but have an understanding of my personality as well as my strengths and weaknesses. I have had a phenomenal experience in Chattanooga and would highly recommend it to any upcoming medical student."  (Valerie Stine, M4)  

"I have done almost all of my core clerkships in Chattanooga and have had a great experience rotating through Erlanger. I have been thoroughly prepared for the shelf exams and Step 2. Here is a list of some of the things I think are advantageous about rotating in Chattanooga:

  • Fewer students = more direct instruction from attendings, less competition for surgical cases/procedures
  • Direct participation in procedures/surgical cases is strongly encouraged; ask & you can do just about anything
  • For neuro/psych you work directly under the attending
  • Faculty really invest themselves in our education and take pride in the opportunity to work with students
  • Residents are very easy to work with, go out of their way to make you feel part of team
  • Surgical Skills Lab for Surgery and OB/GYN clerkships: this isn't available in Memphis and for anyone interested in surgery, this is a great way to learn and practice
  • Housing and food stipend at the hospital
  • Lots to do outside the hospital: Chattanooga Lookouts, Hunter Art Museum, Nightfall Concert Series, Riverbend Music Festival, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Southern Brewers Festival, Tennessee Aquarium, running, biking trails, rock climbing, etc.

I hope this is helpful and I encourage everyone to do at least one clerkship in Chattanooga. If you have any questions about Chattanooga, Erlanger, a specific clerkship, etc., feel free to e-mail me.  Best of luck on Step 1."  (Josh Lawson, M4)

"Doing my clerkships in Chattanooga was the best decision I've made while in medical school. Everyone at the hospital is friendly. The small number of students in each clerkship allows for more one-on-one time with residents and attendings."  (Julie Worthington, M4)

"My biggest concern regarding coming home to Chattanooga was the quality of education. I've found the quality is exceptional, the staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, all in a low-stress setting."  (Josh Donegan, M4) 

Sep 16, 2022