Welcome Incoming Residents/Fellows!

Chattanooga Relocation

 

 

 

Welcome, 2017 New Residents and Fellows! 

 

We are so glad you are joining the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga community, and believe you will enjoy living in Chattanooga.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Quick Relocation Resources:  

Chattanooga Relocation Guide 2017

 FYI Chattanooga 2016

Chattanooga Major Employers List 

Chattanooga Jobs

Chattanooga Perfect

Focus Relocation

Zillow/Trulia Relocation

AirBnB Chattanooga

FYI Chattanooga 2016

 

                       

Coordinator Contact Information 

 

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 Saturday, July 1, 2017, unless you have already been given a later start date by your Program Director. 
  • By Monday, March 20, you should have received a Letter of Commitment (LOC), a binding agreement, from your Program Director. 
  • The deadline for completing, signing, and returning the LOC is Friday, March 24.  Please return it as soon as possible to your Program Director and Residency Coordinator. 
  • By April 3, please email the GME Office a high-resolution jpg photo (color, head and shoulders) of yourself (GME@erlanger.org)
  • Also by April 3, If you are an international medical graduate, please make sure to email your ECFMG number to the GME Office as well as a copy of your ECFMG Certificate if you already have it. (GME@erlanger.org)
  • Email addresses and contact information for your Coordinators are listed at the bottom of the page.
  • By April 3, you will receive an email from the GME Office with detailed instructions on how to access your onboarding payroll and training forms from the secure, web-based Residency Management System we use -- New Innovations -- complete and sign the forms, and then upload back into your unique demographic file.
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  • The deadline for submitting all forms will be Monday, May 8, 2017.
  • 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 certification on your own, you will need to participate in online training and required sessions and skills tests in Chattanooga the last two weeks of June.   Requirements and training dates for these sessions in Chattanooga will be posted soon.  
Certification Type: Training Dates: Programs Required to Complete:
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) June 20, 2017 (9am-12pm) Everyone (Except PEDS)
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)  June 22-23, 2017 (8am-5pm) Surgery, Ortho, &  EM Residents
Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) June 22-23, 2017 (8am-5pm)  FM Residents Only
Basic Life Support (BLS) June 20, 2017 (12-1pm) Everyone
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) June 19, 2017 (8am-5pm) PEDS, FM, & OB/GYN Residents
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) June 20, 2017 (1:30-5:00pm) PEDS, FM, & EM Residents
  • The finalized Orientation Schedule will be posted on this page by the end of April. If you are planning travel before the beginning of residency, we advise you to try to be in Chattanooga by mid-June or arrange to complete any required certifications on you own prior to July.
  • All incoming residents and fellows beginning training July 1 must attend an Erlanger required computer training session (including EPIC e-Chart ambulatory training) on Monday, June 26,
    8 AM - 4:30 PM, at the Erlanger training site on Riverside Drive/Amnicola Highway a few minutes drive from the hospital.
     
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27 and 28, have been set aside for orientation by your departments and program.
      
  • All incoming residents must attend a two-day required hospital and University orientation on Thursday and Friday, June 29 and 30.  
  • University insurance representatives will be available on June 29 to finalize and explain the insurance plans and benefits.
 
2017-2018
 Resident Health Insurance Rates
  Monthly Total Cost  Monthly Employee 
Deduction
 
Employee Only  $  524.20   $ 105
Employee + Spouse $1,048.34   $ 210
Employee+ Child(ren) $   929.16   $ 185
Family $1,454.61   $ 290
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27 and 28 are set aside for Departmental and Program Orientation.  All incoming residents and fellows must attend.  Specific times and activities
    will be communicated by your Coordinators.
  • A welcome party on the Southern Belle Riverboat will be hosted by the University, Erlanger,
    and the House Staff Association, during Orientation on Tuesday, June 27. 

All incoming residents must:

  • Give permission for and pass a Criminal Background Check (online) through a third party company called the "Cora Croup."
  • Pass a drug screen, mask fit test, TB skin test, and immunization screening (including necessary titers and immunizations) performed by Erlanger Employee Health (called Work Force).
  • Document a physical exam conducted since January 2017, 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
    Work Force to schedule a physical exam earlier this Spring (at your own cost-- $55).  
  • Between April 17th and June 23rd,  you must schedule and complete your health screening, drug screen, TB skin test, etc. at Work Force. More information on how to complete these items will be posted later in the Spring.

We are really looking forward to working with you as you enter this next chapter in your medical education training.  

 

Pamela D. Scott (Pam)

Director, Graduate and Medical Student Education  

pscott1@uthsc.edu, 423.778.7442

 

Jamie Gilbreath, GME Financial Specialist

GME@erlanger.org or Jamie.Gilbreath@erlanger.org

423.778.3899

 

Email addresses and phone #s for the Program Coordinators:

 

Cardiovascular Disease & Gastroenterology Fellowships

Tammy.Elliott@erlanger.org    423.778.4465

 

Colon/Rectal Surgery & Surgical Critical Care Fellowships

Maggie.Hamblen@erlanger.org,    423.778.7695  

 

Emergency Medicine Residency & Ultrasound Fellowship

Velvet.Green@erlanger.org,    423.778.7628

 

Family Medicine Residency

Sharron.Skoretz@erlanger.org,    423.778.2957 

 

Internal Medicine Residency

Deborah.Fuller@erlanger.org,    423.778.2998

 

OB/GYN Residency

Paula.Barnett@erlanger.org,    423.778.7515

 

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency & Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

Donna.Gibson@erlanger.org,    423.778.9008

 

Pediatrics Residency

Patty.Wolfe@erlanger.org,     423.778.6217 

 

Plastic Surgery Residency

Tara.Lee@thepsg.org,    423.778.9047 

 

Surgery Residency & Vascular Surgery Fellowship 

Cindy.Rudolph@erlanger.org,    423.778.7695

 

Urology Residency

Stacey.Blanks@erlanger.org,   423.778.4691

 

Revised 5/2017

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