Medical Explorations 2019 Dates Announced: July 22-August 2

2019 Medical Explorations Program Information

The UT College of Medicine, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and Medical Foundation of Chattanooga are proud to once again host the 2019 Medical Explorations program this summer. Medical Explorations will run July 22 to August 2, 2019.

Medical Explorations is designed for students 18 years old and older who have an interest in a career in medicine. Students accepted to the Medical Explorations program will spend two weeks working with faculty and resident physicians of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger Health System. Students will have the opportunity to rotate through various clinical services at Erlanger, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiology, Surgery, and other subspecialties.  

 "The purpose of the program is to generate interest and inspire students to go into healthcare.  The students will participate in tasks that are closer to what medical students do when they come to the hospital. It will give them a very unique behind-the-scenes look at a career in medicine,” said Mukta Panda, MD, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, UTCOM.

Students selected to participate in Medical Explorations will observe University of Tennessee faculty physicians within Erlanger Health Systems locations from 8 a.m. to noon. The afternoon is optional, giving students the chance to work a summer job or continue their experience at the hospital. 

Application Information

The application period will be May 6 through June 17, 2019. Applications will not be accepted before or after those dates.  Applicants must submit the application, three essays, 2 letters of recommendation, proof of GPA (typically 3.5 or higher).  Only complete applications will be considered.

To request information and an application for Medical Explorations, please email the Medical Society at

Students who have previously participated in the Youth Leadership Forum are welcome to apply for Medical Explorations.

Dr. Panda explains how the program helps students beyond their two week experience: "We encourage students to develop skills in communication and networking.  We will work closely with the UTCOM Chattanooga, and students will meet a variety of individuals such as medical students and residents, instructors and the Dean of UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. The students will also visit several hospital departments assigned to them each week, attend lectures on various topics and participate in discussions." 

All participants are expected to maintain a professional manner, undergo mandatory training and follow hospital regulations.