Future Docs Offers Learning Opportunties

FUTURE DOCS is the label for several programs in Chattanooga which provide information and observing experience to high school and college students interested in careers as physicians.

Students can apply to programs that allow them to have access to physicians either as a clinical observer or as a researcher.

FUTURE DOCS individual programs include:

  • Youth Leadership Forum - a one week informational and observer program each summer (sponsored and directed by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and involving several area hospitals).  Questions can be addressed to Kevin Lusk at the Medical Society at 423-622-2872 or Kevin@chattmd.org.
  • Medical Explorations Program - a structured programmed of didactics and clinical observation (2 weeks) also sponsored by the Medical Society.  Dr. Mukta Panda, Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education, is the contact.  Participants must be at least 18 years old at the time of the actual program.  Questions can be emailed to Dr. Panda at mukta.panda@erlanger.org. The application deadline for the 2017 Medical Explorations is June 2, 2017. The program will run July 10-21, 2017. Click here to go to the application information page. 
  • Sponsored Clinical Observer - a special program sponsored by the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga which allows a student to observe a specific sponsoring physician or department for a mutually agreeable length of time.  Students requesting observerships must have already identified and spoken with a specific physician.  By Tennessee state guidelines, In order to participate in operating areas or Emergency Departments within Erlanger (including Children's), observers must be at least 18 years old.

Other than these programs, the University of Tennessee and Erlanger do not offer a formal observing experience for students or physicians requesting to observe physicians within the hospital.  Erlanger does offer job shadowing with Erlanger employees but has asked that the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga handle requests to observe physicians.  

Each UTCOMC department may consider an application from a high school or college student for a limited one half-day up to a two-day observing experience.  Approval and availability of any observership are subject to the individual department.  The department may deny the request due to other medical student and resident demands as well as faculty schedules. 

Note:  At this time, the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga does not have nurse practitioners or physician assistants on staff and cannot accommodate nurse practitioners or PA students needing clinical rotations.  In addition, the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga does not offer opportunities for physicians to observe.