Orthopaedic Surgery Applicant Criteria
Applicants for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency will be considered only if they meet eligibility requirements for residency established by the ACGME and our institution, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. In addition, applicants will be interviewed only if they meet the following:
Preference for members of current year's graduating class. Applicants should be ranked within the top 25% their graduating class.
Note: Medical students from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine may take the four week orthopaedic surgery elective at the UTCOM Chattanooga, but must meet expected criteria in order to be invited for an interview. Students from other medical schools must apply and meet the above criteria to be accepted for the elective rotation. If their qualifying data is verified on the ERAS application, they will be invited for interview. Contact Orthopaedic Residency Coordinator, Donna Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request elective application forms.
Institutional Policy on Resident Recruitment, Eligibility, and Selection The Graduate Medical Education Programs of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga acknowledge and follow the eligibility and selection criteria for resident applicants stated in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Institutional Requirements, as well as the rules of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
Medical Education: Only the following individuals will be considered as applicants in residency programs in the University of Tennessee Graduate Medical Education Programs
Visa Status: Visa status for International Medical Graduates must fall within the following categories:
Application Process and Interviews
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery selects residents with due consideration of their preparedness to enter into the program. Personal characteristics and aptitude, as well as academic credentials, will be considered in selection. The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
This program participates in the NRMP MATCH and will only consider applicants participating in the MATCH.
Applications must be received through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges and are screened according to the preferences detailed below. Screened applications are then reviewed by the Selection Committee and the Program Director/Chairman to determine which candidates will be invited for personal interviews. Once the interviews have been completed, each applicant is assigned a priority score based on his/her academic performance in medical school, Dean's and other letters of recommendations, class standing, USMLE scores and the assessments of faculty and residents from our program who met with the applicant during the interview process.
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 admission criteria are comparable to LCME medical schools. 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.