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OB/GYN Chattanooga Applicant Information

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Virtual Interviews

This year all UTHSC GME Programs will conduct virtual interviews only -- per the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Coalition for Physician Accountability recommendations -- to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our program only accepts applications for PGY-1 residency positions through the AAMC's Electronic Residency Application Service, ERAS. This is a computerized application service which is available to all medical students attending accredited schools in the United States, as well as international medical graduates via the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Medical students interested in applying to our program can request information but applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly from the medical schools to the web-based ERAS system.  Someone in your medical school's Dean's Office should be able to counsel you regarding this procedure.  All applicants must participate in the National Residency Matching Program System.  The NRMP Program Code for our four OB/GYN Categorical positions is 1689220C0. Our ACGME Program ID is #220-47-21-274

Note: We do not allow externships or observerships for medical students, applicants, or other physicians.

Basic Requirements

  • Step I USMLE - (preferred) passed on first attempt
  • Step II USMLE -  passed on first attempt
  • COMLEX Part 1 and 2 comparable scores to USMLE above
  • Preference for members of current year's graduating class. 
  • Preference for applicants ranked within top 25% of their graduating class.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation, and Dean's letter.

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).

Applicant Eligibility

Medical Education: Only the following individuals will be considered as applicants in residency programs in the University of Tennessee Graduate Medical Education Programs

  • Graduates of Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-approved U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools.
  • International Medical Graduates who have valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificates (or will have a valid ECFMG certificate following graduation).  These applicants must have an ECFMG number at the time of application.* (See Note at the bottom of this page.)
  • Graduates of American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited Osteopathic Medical Schools.

Visa Status: Visa status for International Medical Graduates must fall within the following categories:

  • Eligible to seek J-1 visa
  • Permanent Resident or Alien status (i.e., "Green card")  
  • In accordance with University of Tennessee Graduate Medical Education guidelines, this program does not sponsor residents for "H" type visas.
  • Please view the links to the right regarding our current Initial Resident Letter of Agreement and terms and conditions of appointment, as well as recruitment, selection, and appointment policy.

To view more information about our city -- Chattanooga -- and training at our primary affiliated clinical training site and partner -- Erlanger, click on the link to the right called "Living in Chattanooga and Training at Erlanger.  You can also visit the main Erlanger website:  Finally, you can click on the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors website for more information about Chattanooga:  

Application Process and Interviews

  • All applications for first year positions will be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • Opportunities for interviews will be extended to applicants based on their qualifications as determined by USMLE scores, medical school performance, and letters of recommendation.

The Department of OB/GYN 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 OB/GYN Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). 

If you desire additional information about our program, you can contact us at: 

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Chattanooga
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
979 East Third Street, Suite C-720
Chattanooga, TN 37403 
phone:  423.778.7515

*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 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:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program’s screening criteria for consideration?
We have no minimum USMLE and COMLEX score requirements or grade requirements though more robust scores and grades do strengthen an application. 
Do you accept applications from students graduating from osteopathic schools?
Absolutely! We accept both allopathic and osteopathic applicants.
Does an applicant from an osteopathic school need to take USMLE?
It is highly encouraged to take both USMLE and COMLEX as good scores on both can only strengthen an application.
Do you accept international medical students? 
Yes. We accept international students that hold either a valid J-1 visa (exchange visitor)  or Permanent Resident/Immigrant visa ("Green Card").
How many residents do you accept each year?
We accept 4 new residents each year.

Last Published: Apr 16, 2021