Non-UT Visiting Students
Visiting medical students from schools other than the University of Tennessee can elect up to three four-week electives during their senior year at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. Most departments have agreed that non-UT visiting students must fit their requests into the block times establlished by the University of Tennessee for our own students. Click on the link to the left to view Revised 2012-2013 UT Student Block Dates (starting April 30, 2012). Also Check with the specific department in which you want to rotate for specifics.
Observerships for medical students, physician assistants, or physicians are not available.
The Chattanooga programs offer 44 elective rotations. All medical student rotations at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga are comparable to those at the main campus in Memphis. Click on the link to the left to view the Elective Catalog and descriptions for each course.
Non-UT visiting senior students from other U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools must use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to apply for electives at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. Click on the link to the right to get details about the VSAS system.
Non-UT visiting senior students from international medical schools must download the pdf UT Visiting Student application form. The form must be completed by the student and then approved by the student's Dean's office.
Several of our departments ask that you submit a brief online form prior to applying through VSAS or using the pdf application. Click on the left-hand links if the rotation you desire is one of the following departments:
Once you have submitted your VSAS application for a senior elective rotation in Chattanooga, please email Tammy Elliott at Tammy.Elliott@erlanger.org or GME@erlanger.org to let us know that you have submitted the VSAS application, the rotation(s) requested, and the dates of the rotation(s).
Whether applying via VSAS or the pdf UT Visiting Student Application form, students must meet the criteria below and this information must be verified by the home medical school: The student
*Note: The following departments will only accept students who have completed USMLE Step 1 - regardless of whether allopathic or osteopathic students: Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Surgery.
Visiting students completing the UT Visiting Student Application Form should mail the completed form to:
Tammy Elliott, GME Coordinator
After the form has been processed, the student and his/her medical school will receive a copy of the approved form, and the student will receive instructions about the rotation.
Non-UT visiting students must be in good standing in the final year at their home institutions and must be authorized to take external electives. Currently, students who are regularly enrolled in another medical school and paying tuition at that school are not charged tuition at The University of Tennessee for brief elective periods. This policy may change in the future, and the school reserves the right to charge tuition at any time.
In Chattanooga, Erlanger leases 20 apartments (2 bedrooms), to assist medical students with housing during rotations. Housing is not guaranteed but is assigned on a space available basis. First priority is to third year students, second priority is to fourth year UT students, and then visiting fourth year students as room is available. In a cover letter with the Visiting Student Application form, please indicate whether or not you will need housing. Since we frequently have more than 34 students, it helps if students from the Chattanooga area stay with friends or family to maximize available housing. If you are applying via VSAS, please email Tammy.Elliott@erlanger.org or GME@erlanger.org and request housing if your elective request is approved.
Note: If your school already requires a criminal background check, whether applying via VSAS or our paper application, the UT College of Medicine requires that you submit a copy to Ruby Bland at the main medical school campus in Memphis. You can email Ms. Bland with any questions about the criminal background check. Her phone # is (901) 448-5697. Her mailing address is:
Ruby Bland, Academic Scheduling
If your school does not require criminal background checks and your Dean's Office is not familiar with how to request one, you can go to the following website to obtain a criminal background check for medical students: https://client.verifiedcredentials.com/tnacd/default.cfm. The visiting student will be responsible for the cost of the background check. If your medical school is not listed in the drop down list as you follow the directions, select UT Health Sciences Center - Memphis/College of Medicine.