Emergency Medicine Residency Program
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (UTCOMC), based
at Erlanger, added an emergency medicine residency program to its curriculum
during 2008. “This means we are now training emergency medicine physicians who
will become available to staff the emergency departments across the state,” said
Dr. David Seaberg, Dean of UTCOMC.
The program is the first emergency medicine residency program within the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, which consists of campuses in
Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville. Led by program director James Creel, MD,
chief of emergency medicine at Erlanger, the three-year program consists of six
residents at each level, for a total of 18 emergency medicine residents when the
program reaches its maturity.
New Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship program
A one-year fellowship in hospice and palliative care medicine has been
established as a joint effort between the University of Tennessee College of
Medicine Chattanooga and Hospice of Chattanooga. The program is among the
first hospice fellowships to receive accreditation in the nation and one of only
two to be accredited in Tennessee. The fellowship program allows
physicians to become board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine.
Harold Alper, MD, Humanitarian Endowment Fund
The family of the late Harold Alper, MD, honored the physician’s memory and
humanitarian spirit by establishing an endowment fund with the Baroness Erlanger
Foundation to benefit the University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Chattanooga (UTCOMC). The endowment provides funding for an annual Harold Alper,
MD, Resident Humanitarian Award and establishes the annual Harold Alper, MD,
Humanitarian Lecture Series.
Dr. Laura Cooley was the first recipient of the award in 2008. The
annual lecture series will include one lecture for a community-wide audience and
one lecture incorporated into the curriculum for residents.
$2.5 million federal grant for National Children’s Study
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, based at
Erlanger, has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant to participate in the
National Children’s Study through a partnership with Emory University.
The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of environmental
influences on the health and development of 100,000 children across the United
States, following them through the prenatal care of the mother until age 21. The
goal of the study is to improve the health and well-being of children.