FUTURE DOCS  is the label for several programs in Chattanooga which provide information and OBSERVING experience students age 18 and over who are interested in careers as physicians but are not yet in the clinical years of medical school.


FUTURE DOCS  individual observing programs include:

  • Youth Leadership Forum - a one week informational and observer program each summer (sponsored and directed by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and involving several area hospitals).  Questions can be addressed to the Medical Society at 423-622-2872 or info@chattmd.org.  
  • Medical Explorations Program - a structured programmed of didactics and clinical observation (2 weeks) also sponsored by the Medical Society.  Dr. Mukta Panda, Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education, is the contact.  Participants must be at least 18 years old at the time of the actual program.  Questions can be emailed to her at mukta.panda@erlanger.org
  • Sponsored Clinical Observer - observers must be non-medical students, at least 18 years old, who want to observe or shadow a physician for one - two days at our affiliated hospital, Erlanger Health System.  At this time, the Sponsored Clinical Observer Program is on hold and is not accepting applicants.

Clinical and Scholarly Immersion Experiences for
UTHSC College of Medicine M1 Students at
The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga


This is a pilot program for students enrolled in the UTHSC College of Medicine Chattanooga who have completed their first year (M1).  Experiences will be available during summer break 2019.  These opportunities are not available to medical students from students outside the University of Tennessee.


Other than these programs, the University of Tennessee and Erlanger do not offer a formal observing experience for students or physicians requesting to observe physicians within the hospital.  Erlanger does offer job shadowing with Erlanger employees but has asked that the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga handle requests to observe physicians.  Please note:  The observing experiences mentioned do not involve hands-on clinical care.  These are for observing/shadowing only.


For more information about these programs or to apply, click on the links on the left-hand menu.


Note:  At this time, the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga does not have nurse practitioners or physician assistants on staff and cannot accommodate nurse practitioners or PA students needing clinical rotations.  In addition, the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga does not offer opportunities for physicians to observe. 



Revised 01/22/2019

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