Letter from Program Director
July 1, 2011
Hello, my name is Dr. Jim Creel, and I am the Program Director for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Emergency Medicine Residency Program. I would like to welcome you and thank you for taking time to visit the UTCOM Emergency Medicine web site and learn about us. Our program is the charter Emergency Medicine program for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and started the first class of residents in July 2008.
Erlanger is a major teaching hospital and also serves as the region's tertiary care facility for Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia, Northeast Alabama, and Northwest North Carolina. This facility services a large and varied population with many complex and rare medical illnesses, as well as being one of the busier Level 1 Trauma Centers in the Southeast. Erlanger offers numerous specialized services including the Hyperbaric Medical Center, the Regional Stroke and Chest Pain Center, the Infant Special Care Center, and State D-MAT. In addition, Erlanger provides a very active air medical service and houses the regional Medical Communication Center.
We are committed that this residency will provide you with the skills and education necessary to excel in today's challenging environment and function in tomorrow's changing field of emergency medicine. The program is balanced and designed to give you the training that you will need whether you decide to pursue a career in academics, research, or clinical medicine. We are confident that the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger will work together to provide a place where you will thrive, work hard, have fun, and establish a foundation for life-long personal and professional growth.
James H. Creel Jr, MD, FACEP
Residency Program Director, Emergency Medicine