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The Medical Explorations Program and the Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine are both sponsored by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society to offer high school seniors or graduates the opportunity to observe physicians and get an up-close look at the practice of medicine. 

The 2019 Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine will offer four days of lectures and shadowing opportunities to 25 area rising high school seniors and recent high school graduates. These four days will be held at different hospitals in Hamilton County on June 3-6, 2019. Application forms for Youth Leadership Forum are available at the Medical Society, 1917 E. Third Street or by calling 423.622.2872. The deadline for applications is April 12, 2019. 

Click here to view the Chattanooga and Hamilton County Medical Society webpage about the Youth Leadership Forum for 2019 and for an electronic application.

Medical Explorations Program

The 2019 Medical Explorations Program is also sponsored by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga.  If students 18 and older have an interest in extending their real-world experience in medicine, they can apply for the Medical Explorations Program and spend an additional 2 weeks working with faculty and resident physicians of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger Health System. Any student that has already participated in the Youth Leadership Forum in the past is also eligible to apply to the Medical Explorations program. 

The Medical Society and Mukta Panda, MD, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, oversee Medical Explorations. The 2019 dates are July 22-August 2.  Students selected to participate in Medical Explorations will observe University of Tennessee faculty physicians within Erlanger Health Systems locations from 8am to noon. The afternoon is optional, giving students the chance to work a summer job or continue their experience at the hospital.   To request an application and information for Medical Explorations email the Medical Society, info@chattmd.org. Applications will open May 6 through June 17, 2019.

Students will have the opportunity to rotate through various clinical services at Erlanger, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiology, Surgery, and other subspecialties.   

Applicants must submit the application, three essays, 2 letters of recommendation, proof of GPA (typically 3.5 or higher). Only complete applications will be considered.

"The purpose of the program is to generate interest and inspire students to go into healthcare. The students will participate in tasks that are closer to what medical students do when they come to the hospital. It will give them a very unique behind-the-scenes look at a career in medicine." 

The two-week summer program gives students up to 40 hours in a medical setting observing specialties in which they are interested and some specialties they may have not already known.

"We encourage students to develop skills in communication and networking. We will work closely with the UTCOM Chattanooga, and students will meet a variety of individuals such as medical students and residents, instructors and the Dean of UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. The students will also visit several hospital departments assigned to them each week, attend lectures on various topics and participate in discussions." All participants are expected to maintain a professional manner, undergo mandatory training and follow hospital regulations.

The Medical Explorations program is modeled on a successful program offered each summer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Students must submit official documentation of a GPA of 3.5 or higher and grade level of a high school senior or 2018 or 2019 high school graduate, an essay explaining why they were interested in participating, a letter of reference from a teacher in order to be considered for the selection process.

Medical Explorations Background Information

Dr. Kent Hutson, former Chief of Radiology at Erlanger Health System and Past Chair of Radiology at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, founded Medical Explorations -- a program developed to introduce high school seniors and college students to the world of healthcare in a medical setting.

"The purpose of the program is to generate interest and inspire students to go into healthcare," said Dr. Hutson. "The students will participate in tasks that are closer to what medical students do when they come to the hospital. It will give them a very unique behind-the-scenes look at a career in medicine."  The summer program, initially funded by the Erlanger Auxiliary, was established to give students hours in a medical setting shadowing specialties they are interested in seeing and some specialties they may have not already known. "We encourage students to develop skills in communication and networking," added Dr. Hutson.

For 2018, the Medical Explorations Program was under the direction of Mukta Panda, MD, FACP, Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. Continuing Dr. Hutson's legacy, the program has been modeled on a successful program offered each summer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. 

"We will work closely with the UTCOM Chattanooga, and they will meet a variety of individuals such as medical students and residents, instructors and the dean of UTCOM Chattanooga. The students will also visit several hospital departments assigned to them each week, attend lectures on various topics and participate in discussions."  The application deadline for the 2019 Medical Explorations is TBD. Dates for Medical Explorations will be July 22 through August 2, 2019.  Click here to go to the application information page. 

For our program in Chattanooga, students must:

  • be 18 years old or older by the start of the 2019 Medical Exploration Program
  • submit official documentation of a GPA of 3.5 or higher and grade level of a high school senior,
    2018 or 2019 high school graduate, or college student
  • two letters of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor

Part of the online application includes two essay questions about extracurricular activities and awards, as well as what you hope to learn from the experience. 

Click on the link to submit an online application for the Medical Explorations Program. 

All participants are expected to maintain a professional manner and must undergo mandatory Erlanger HIPAA compliance and privacy training, as well as follow hospital regulations. 

Last Published: Aug 21, 2020