Medical Student Eligibility Requirements


NOTE:  Visiting Student Applicants:  


*Please allow 7-10 business days for the department(s) to reply directly to your application via email.

VSAS Students:  If your campus participates in the Visiting Student Application System,

you may apply accordingly.


Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be accepted and reviewed after May 1, 2017.


Thank you for your interest in our campus.  Someone from the department to which you are applying will respond to you as soon as possible via email.


Whether an allopathic, osteopathic, or international student requesting a visiting rotation, medical students must meet all University of Tennessee eligibility requirements as follows:


The student is (or will be) a senior student at the time of the rotation(s)

  • is a current registered student of
    • a US allopathic school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    • an osteopathic school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or
    • an international medical school whose admission requirements meet or exceed those of medical schools accredited by the LCME. (See Note Below)*
  • has passed the USMLE Step 1 exam or comparable COMLEX 1 exam (See Note Below)**
  • has been immunized against measles and rubella, has completed the hepatitis b vaccine series, Chickenpox Vaccine and has taken a TB skin test within the past year
  • has both malpractice and personal heath insurance coverage that is in effect while the student is away from that institution
  • is currently certified in CPR
  • has undergone a recent background check (at their matriculation or more recently) and
  • has completed HIPAA compliance and security training.
  • has had a mask fit test (if this has not been completed, it may be done during the first week of the elective rotation at one of the below offices. This will be at the expense of the student. The fee is $25 and an appointment is required)

o UT Family Practice Building (Lower level of the UT Family Practice Building)

   1100 E. Third St, Suite G-150

   Chattanooga, TN 37403

   (423) 778-4800

o Erlanger at Volkswagen Drive

   7380 Volkswagen Dr, Suite 100

   Chattanooga, TN 37416

   (423) 778-5291

*Approved Schools:  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 admission 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 who 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: 

  • In addition, the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) provides a list of countries whose designated accreditation process or designated organization used for their accreditation has comparable standards used to evaluate medical schools in the United States by the LCME. Medical schools in those countries and accredited by the listed accrediting authority will be deemed to meet the criteria required in Tennessee.

**USMLE:  Internal Medicine prefers applicants who have passed USMLE instead of COMLEX.  Pediatrics and OB/GYN will consider applicants who have taken either USMLE or COMLEX; however, only those who have passed on the 1st attempt


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.


Criminal Background Check:  If your school already requires a criminal background check, whether applying via VSAS or through our paper pdf 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 at Ruby can be reached at (901) 448-5697. Her mailing address is:


Ruby Bland, Academic Scheduling
UT Health Science Center
College of Medicine
930 Madison Ave., Suite 836
Memphis, TN 38163


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:


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.


Revised 10/5/2016

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