Future Docs

Are you a student interested in a career in medicine? Future Docs is a interactive summer program designed to give high school graduates and college students a real-life glimpse of what it's like to practice medicine.

Up-Close Experience

Future Docs, a leadership program of the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society and University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, is specifically designed for high school graduates and college students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. 

The summer program gives students up to 40 hours observing specialties in actual medical settings. They’ll be able to get a closer look at specialties in which they are interested and some specialties they may have not already known.

Future Docs is designed to:

  • Provide students the opportunity to learn more about life as a physician and inspire them to pursue a career in medicine
  • Provide students and local physicians with a community-based mentoring/teaching experience
  • Assist with efforts to increase the pipeline of health care providers in Southeastern Tennessee.

Interactive and Intense
Future Doc 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. 

Students will have the opportunity to rotate through various clinical services, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and other subspecialties.  They also attend lectures on various topics from local physicians and healthcare leaders and participate in discussions. 

“This program is a great way to educate students on the realities of the field of medicine,” said Mark Brzezienski, MD, past president of the Medical Society and Medical Foundation. “We aim to inspire these talented young people to pursue a career in the field.”

Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine – June 17-20, 2024

The Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine is a one-week program designed to encourage rising high school seniors and 2024 high school graduates to consider careers in medicine.  During the course of the week, students will learn about careers in medicine, job shadow health care professionals who practice in several areas of medicine, and enjoy hands-on learning simulations and potentially shadowing experiences.

2024 YLF Student Application is now available. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024.

Medical Explorations – On Hiatus in 2024 – Returning in 2025

Medical Explorations is designed for future professionals pursuing a career in healthcare. The two-week program offers college students or recent high school graduates the opportunity to observe physicians and gain an insight in the practice of medicine.

Students must complete the an application along with three essays and two recommendations which can be from a professor, academic advisor, or other individual who is familiar with the student’s educational background and interests.  

All Future Docs participants are expected to maintain a professional manner, undergo mandatory training, and follow hospital regulations. Negative TB skin tests is required to participate in the program.

Physicians Make a Difference

Physicians, you could change the course of a future doctor’s career simply by allowing them to shadow you and see what practicing medicine is really like. 
Contact us to learn how you can get involved in the Future Docs Leadership Program.