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High school graduates and college students who have an interest in a career in medicine can participate Future Docs, a program of the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society and University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. The program will be held June 20-30, 2022.
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.
The program 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; and
§ Assist with efforts to increase the pipeline of health care providers in Southeastern Tennessee.
Students must complete an application and submit two recommendations which can be from a teacher, principal, guidance counselor, or other individual who is familiar with the student’s educational background and interests. Applications must be received by the Medical Society by May 13.
This program is a great way to educate students on the realities of the field of medicineWe aim to inspire these talented young people to pursue a career in the field.
Students 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 at Erlanger, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiology, Surgery, and other subspecialties.
Applicants must submit the application, three essays, two letters of recommendation, proof of GPA (typically 3.5 or higher). Only complete applications will be considered.
“We encourage students to develop skills in communication and networking,” said Dr. Mukta Panda, Medical Society board member and Assistant Dean of UTCOM Chattanooga. “Students will 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. Negative TB skin tests and proof of COVID vaccination is required to participate in the program.