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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.