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Chattanooga Pediatrics Residency Applicant Information

Residency Program is Expanding!

On January 15, 2024, Erlanger Hospital and University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine - Chattanooga came to an agreement to fund the Pediatric residency program for 10 residents per year beginning July 1, 2024.

Virtual Interviews and Invitation Release Date

This year all Pediatrics Residency Programs across the country will conduct virtual interviews only. UT GME Programs in Chattanooga are making decisions based on their individual departments and recommendations from their specialty organizations.

While APPD has recommended all Pediatrics programs release invitations on October 10, 2023, that date falls during Fall Break for many of the school aged children in Chattanooga. In order for our Selection Committee to enjoy this time with their families, we will release the first wave of invitations on October 6, 2023. We will not issue more invitations than we have available interview slots, but will issue invitations to waitlist later in the season.

Signaling in ERAS

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Pediatrics Residency Program is participating in signaling. If you are a current UTHSC medical student or have participated in a fourth-year visiting medical student rotation with our residency program, you do not need to signal our program. 

General Information

Applicants to our Pediatrics Residency Program must participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and apply through AAMC's Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Senior medical students may apply for our positions.

Important Numbers

Our NRMP Program Code is #1689320C0
Our ACGME Program ID is #320-47-11-222
For the 2024 Match, we have 10 categorical positions available. 

Eligibility and Recruitment Information

Please view the links the right hand menu regarding our current Initial Resident Letter of Agreement and the terms and conditions of appointment, as well as recruitment, selection, and appointment policy.

Note: The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners requires that applicants for license in Tennessee must be graduates either from LCME or AOA accredited schools or from international schools whose admissions meet or exceed those of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and its programs have determined that they will only consider applicants for student rotations or residency/fellowship applications who are from schools that meet these same criteria so they would be eligible for medical license in Tennessee after completing residency. The Board of Medical Examiners adopts the following list of accreditation bodies:

 Application ScheduleERAS AAMC

The Residency Selection Committee will begin to review applications on September 27. Invitations will be issued through ERAS's messenger, in ongoing waves, as applications are reviewed. All applicants will receive a determination email through ERAS by December 1. 

Interview timeline for Pediatrics Residency Program. Text Version in accordion below.

Interview timeline for Pediatrics Residency Program Text Version

June – September: Applicants enter documents in ERAS

September – December: Starting 9/27, Program reviews ERAS

October – December: Program Invites Applicants, until 12/1

October – January: Starting 10/16, Program Interviews Applicants, thru 1/28

February – March: Rank Lists, due 2/28

March:  Main MATCH Announcement, 3/15/2024


Interview Communications

All communication will be through ERAS's messenger, including issuing invitations for Zoom virtual interviews.  Upon receiving an invitation, applicants will be able to schedule OR waitlist themselves through ERAS Scheduler.* Invited applicants will register for only one session. Applicants wishing to cancel their interviews may do so within ERAS Scheduler and are kindly requested to cancel no later than a week before the interview. Please ALSO follow up with an email or phone call to the coordinator to notify of your cancellation.

*Note: In ERAS Scheduler, if a preferred interview slot is not available, you can waitlist yourself for as many dates as you like, and ERAS automatically schedules you if a spot becomes available. If you become automatically scheduled, all your waitlist dates will be canceled. It is to your benefit to keep your waitlist availability up-to-date so you are not accidentally scheduled for a date that you cannot attend because of another interview.

Sample Interview Day

Interviews are held through the Zoom platform on Mondays and Thursdays in two morning sessions, 8:30 – 10:30 and 10:30 – 12:30, and some afternoon sessions, 1:00-3:00, from October through January. ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN TIME. 

The week before the interview, you may request a technical run through with the coordinator. Please email her at to arrange.

The evening before (Sundays and Wednesdays), 7:00 – 8:30 pm, the residents will host a virtual Zoom social event. This is one of two optional opportunities to meet with current residents.

On the day of the interview, you will interview with four representatives of the Pediatrics Selection Committee: 

  • Program Director
  • Associate or Assistant Program Director
  • Pediatrics Faculty (blinded interviewer - has not seen your application)
  • Program Coordinators

Typical Interview Schedule (begins at 8:30 am, 10:30 am or 1:00 pm ET) --

  • Log into Zoom 10 minutes before session begins
  • 10 minutes - Welcome and Intro of interviewers
  • Interview #1, followed by a 5 min break in your private breakout room with camera/sound off
  • Interview #2, followed by a 5 min break in your private breakout room with camera/sound off
  • Interview #3, followed by a 5 min break in your private breakout room with camera/sound off
  • Interview #4, followed by a 5 min break in your private breakout room with camera/sound off
  • Optional AMA with Resident Liaison
  • Exit Zoom at 10:30AM, 12:30 pm or 3:00 pm ET

Recommendations for Applications

1. Please consider customizing your personal statement to include information about why you are applying to our program.

2. Please have your complete application submitted to our program within a few days of ERAS opening for Programs. We begin our selection process/review immediately.

3. Please review our website and video gallery. Many answers to your questions about our curriculum and program culture can be found there.

For additional information about our program, contact us by:

University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Department of Pediatrics
ATTN: Ashley Thurston, Pediatrics Residency Coordinator
910 Blackford Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: Call toll free at 800.947.7823, and ask for extension 6217

Feb 19, 2024