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Graduate Medical Education Chattanooga

Welcome to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Chattanooga Graduate Medical Education.

Currently, the UTHSC College of Medicine Chattanooga is approved as a Sponsoring Institution for ACGME-accredited GME training programs and holds Continued Accreditation and Commendation without any citations (as of January 18, 2022).  

200 Residents and Fellows
21 Total GME Programs:  15 ACGME-Accredited  Programs [9 Residency and 6 Fellowship Programs] and 6 Non-Standard Programs 
In partnership with our primary clinical training site, Erlanger Health System


What is GME?

Graduate Medical Education (GME) is the Graduate Medical Education training of physicians who are pursuing residency and fellowship specialty training following graduation from medical school. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is a statewide system with campuses in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to sponsor residency and fellowship programs.   Currently we have 198 Residents and Fellows enrolled in our GME Programs.

In January 2021, the ACGME and its Institutional Review Committee (IRC) again awarded Continued Accreditation for our institution based on the review of all our ACGME WebAds annual updates. We were also commended for meeting all institutional accreditation standards without any citations.

The Chief Executive Officer of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga is James W. Haynes, MD, FAAFP, our Interim Dean.  Dr. Haynes is also Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.  The Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for our campus, recognized by the ACGME, is Robert C. Fore, EdD, FACEHP, CHCP, who also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs across the continuum of medical education (undergraduate medical education for students, graduate medical education for residents and fellows, and continuing medical education for practicing physicians). A core faculty of approximately 140 paid physicians is joined by more than 300 physicians who volunteer their support and represent the major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. The Chairs of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Departments report directly to our Dean and not to the chairs of corresponding departments at the main medical school campus in Memphis.

The Office of Graduate and Medical Student Education administers medical student rotations as well as the residency and fellowship programs for the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga:

  • Courtney Orloski, CAP: Medical Student Services Specialist, 423.778.7442 (our main GME/UME line)
  • Paula Barnett:  Coordinator, Special Projects (Dean's and GME Offices), 423.778.4886
  • Jacqueline Hogan, CAP: GME Financial Specialist, 423.778.3899
  • Robbin Williams, C-TAGME, GME Lead Coordinator, 423.778.3894
  • Pamela D. Scott, C-TAGME:  Director, Graduate and Medical Student Education, 423.778.7673

As of October 2021, we have a new resource for the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga -- a GME Advocate/Counselor.  Jessie Kelly, LMFT, is available on Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Friday mornings for individual sessions or departmental didactics/discussions.  Her email address is, and her office phone number is 423.778.9420.  She is located in the Whitehall Building, Suite 104, but can meet in several other locations if prior arrangements are made and confirmed with her.  Communication with Ms. Kelly is absolutely confidential, and no one else has access to her email or phone.

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga is part of a statewide system of Graduate Medical Education. Click on the links below to view additional UT GME Programs at the other campuses:

May 26, 2022