Future Docs

The Future Docs program includes two components: The Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine for high school seniors and Medical Explorations for college students. Both are designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in medicine.

The Annual Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine program encourages rising high school seniors and recent graduates to consider careers in medicine. During the course of the week, students enjoy daily round table discussions with physicians and observing (shadowing) a different physician each day. The program is designed to:

  • Provide rising high school seniors the opportunity to learn more about life as a physician and inspire them to consider a career in medicine;

  • Educate students about options available to assist with the cost of medical education;

  • Provide students and local physicians with a community-based mentoring/teaching experience;

  • Assist with efforts to increase the pipeline of healthcare providers in Southeastern Tennessee.

This program is a great way to educate students on the realities of the field of medicine. The goal is to inspire these talented young people to pursue a career in the field. The program is typically held the first week of June each year.

Medical Explorations

If students 18 and older have an interest in extending their real-world experience in medicine, they can apply for the Medical Explorations Program and spend an additional 2 weeks working with faculty and resident physicians of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger Health System. Any student that has already participated in the Youth Leadership Forum in the past is also eligible to apply to the Medical Explorations program. 

The Medical Society and Mukta Panda, MD, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, oversee Medical Explorations.  The 2019 dates are July 22-August 2.  Students selected to participate in Medical Explorations will observe University of Tennessee faculty physicians within Erlanger Health Systems locations from 8am to noon. The afternoon is optional, giving students the chance to work a summer job or continue their experience at the hospital.   Click here to download the application for Medical Explorations. Applications will open May 6 through June 17, 2019. 

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.  

 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. 

"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." 

The two-week summer program gives students up to 40 hours in a medical setting observing specialties in which they are interested and some specialties they may have not already known.

 "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. 

The Medical Explorations program is modeled on a successful program offered each summer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Students must submit official documentation of a GPA of 3.5 or higher and grade level of a high school senior or 2018 or 2019 high school graduate, an essay explaining why they were interested in participating, a letter of reference from a teacher in order to be considered for the selection process. 

For more information, contact Rae Bond at 423-622-2872 or

Denim & Diamonds

Chattanooga physicians and community leaders will come together at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019, location to be announced, for an evening of music and food, and a celebration of healing.

The event will be the 14th annual Denim and Diamonds fundraiser, which helps support the Project Access community health partnership and other community health initiatives.The event is organized by the Chattanooga Hamilton-County Medical Society, Medical Foundation of Chattanooga, and Medical Alliance.

Project Access has provided nearly $175 million in charity health care to the working poor since its inception in April 2004. Since the program began, more than 18,975 individuals have been evaluated for eligibility. Each month an average of 500 patients are actively receiving care or finalizing enrollment. Those who do not qualify for the program are referred to other appropriate community resources and programs.

The event is open to the public. Table sponsorships are available starting at $1,500. Individual tickets are $125. To purchase your table or tickets, call the Medical Society at 622-2872.

Sponsorship opportunities, including exclusive sponsorships, are available ranging from $500 to $10,000. For more information, contact Rae Bond at 423-622-2872 or

Family Baseball Game

Each summer the Medical Society invites physician members and their families out to AT&T Field to enjoy a picnic buffet and Lookouts baseball game. It is a way to bring the medical community together in a laid back, fun environment for fellowship and networking.

Sponsorships are available for the 2019 event. Please contact Rae Bond at or 423-622-2872 for information.

Project Access gives the gift of health to its patients. It is a volunteer network of more than 900 physicians, all area hospitals and numerous medical and health care businesses providing specialty health care to the working poor of Hamilton County who cannot afford health insurance.

MPS is a specialized personnel agency focused on serving the physicians of our community by providing the most qualified candidates for their practices, making their practices run more smoothly and allowing them to take better care of their patients. MPS is a subsidiary of the Chattanooga-Hamilton Medical Society which is physician owned and driven.


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