Tennessee Family Medicine Residency Programs

There are 12 family medicine residency program training sites in Tennessee representing diverse geographic areas, practice environments, and patient mix. The programs in 2023 collectively offered 83 PGY-1 main residency match positions and since 2017 have filled an average of 88% of available positions annually.

Baptist Memorial Hospital (Memphis)

In keeping with the three-fold ministry of Christ — Healing, Preaching, and Teaching — Baptist Memorial Health Care is committed to training physician leaders who understand the role that health systems and social disparities play in the lives of patients.

Our Family Medicine Residency, a collaboration between Baptist Memorial Health Care and Church Health, is an urban program dedicated to creating outstanding family physicians who have a commitment to providing care to patients and families from all walks of life. We emphasize our responsibility to bring expertise, compassion, and a deep understanding of social determinants of health to engage patients, provide exceptional care, and ensure well-being for the underserved in our community.

Baptist Memorial Medical Education offers residents the opportunity to experience Family Medicine, unopposed, at a large tertiary hospital serving the entire Mid-South region as well as at Church Health, the largest faith-based charitably funded nonprofit health clinic in the nation.

In addition to traditional ACGME required elements, we have designed a unique curriculum that prepares young physicians to empower families and heal communities. All of our residents undertake three months of specialized training in health systems learning about systemic poverty and the impact it has on our patients. Residents have opportunities to learn from regional and national innovations in health systems such as the Baptist Management System and Charitable Plan, Church Health Outreach Partners, the Memphis Plan, Perea Preschool, Dorothy Day House, Alcy Ball Foundation, and others as they prepare to become leaders in the community.

If this is the kind of family physician, you aspire to become, come train with us!

Our Family Medicine Residency was awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) effective July 1, 2015. Each year, we will recruit six applicants to fill the available PGY-1 positions for the following July.


Graduate Medical Education
Corporate Office
Walnut Grove Rd Suite 404
Memphis, Tennessee 38120

Covenant Healthcare – Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge

Covenant Healthcare’s Methodist Family Medicine Residency is a new, unopposed, community-based 8-8-8 family medicine residency program based at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge in East Tennessee and using all Covenant hospitals in the Knoxville area.

East Tennessee State University Family Medicine Residency Programs

Each of our community-based programs has its own affiliate hospital and is supported by East Tennessee State University and Quillen College of Medicine. We offer a well-balanced curriculum and procedural training, plus rural and suburban clinical experiences. Come for three years and you just might discover you want to stay a while longer

Johnson City Family Medicine– Located on the ETSU campus, our residents learn the true importance of prevention and the role integrative medicine can play in overall health. We are ACGME accredited and a recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home, with curriculum that teaches residents to be full-scope family physicians. Additional opportunities to perform procedures is available. Our program is affiliated with the Johnson City Medical Center and Niswonger Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the area. Interview invitations are sent via email and are only offered to candidates who submit a complete application via ERAS that includes medical school transcript, COMLEX or USMLE transcript, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement and medical school performance evaluation (when it becomes available). Interviews are conducted October through January.

Bristol Family Medicine – Bristol is a bit unique, in that it is split between the states of Tennessee and Virginia – our program is on the Bristol, Tennessee side. Our solid, well-rounded program offers a supportive family-friendly atmosphere. We are ACGME accredited and a recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home with additional opportunities for prenatal care and deliveries. Our program is affiliated with Bristol Regional Medical Center. Interview invitations are sent via email and are only offered to candidates who submit a complete application via ERAS that includes medical school transcript, COMLEX or USMLE transcript, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement and medical school performance evaluation (when it becomes available). Interviews are conducted October through January.

Kingsport Family Medicine – Here you’ll be an active member of an interprofessional team, learning to advocate for your patients and helping to educate and empower them to be responsible for their health. We are ACGME accredited with Osteopathic Recognition, and we are a recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home with a well-rounded program that offers additional opportunities for inpatient encounters. Our program is affiliated with Holston Valley Medical Center. Interview invitations are sent via email and are only offered to candidates who submit a complete application via ERAS that includes medical school transcript, COMLEX or USMLE transcript, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement and medical school performance evaluation (when it becomes available). Interviews are conducted October through January.


Hannah Houser
GME Assistant

Meharry Medical College (Nashville)

The Department of Family and Community Medicine Residency Program aims to prepare each resident to take on the challenge of a variety of roles open to today’s family physician. Our training program is geared to help the resident grow as an individual and as a family physician. Our objectives include:

  • Training family physicians to respond competently to most or all of the needs of their patients and families directly or through the coordination of the efforts of the healthcare team;
  • Developing qualified community and national leaders; and
  • Providing services to all communities, with special attention to the poor and underserved, and developing improved methods to provide these services.


Stephani Glenn
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Family & Community Medicine

TriStar Southern Hills Family Medicine Residency Program (Nashville)

The TriStar Southern Hills Family Medicine Residency Program in Nashville, Tennessee is an ACGME-accredited, three-year program focused on providing our resident physicians with the experiences needed to provide comprehensive care to patients of any age. Our mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. Our residency program offers academically and clinically rigorous training. The curriculum is designed to provide broad clinical exposure in acute and chronic care occurring in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. We have dedicated faculty who support our resident physicians to achieve and surpass their ACGME competencies. Our program is located in Nashville, Tennessee and is home to many professional sports teams as well as legendary music venues with invigorating cultural atmosphere!

University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

Our Family Medicine Residency is a three-year program that sponsors seven residents per year. Our faculty is a diverse group with experience in rural and urban private practice, operative obstetrics, sports medicine, geriatric medicine, medical mission work, and military service. Our graduates have traversed nearly every avenue of family medicine nationwide and abroad from community practice in various settings to fellowship training, academics, as well as medical missions. We are the only Lifestyle Medicine certified residency program in Tennessee. We are initiating a Rural Track Residency for training and electives that will likely begin in 2024.


Elissa McCoy, MEd
Residency Program Coordinator
(423) 778-2957

Department Email

University of Tennessee – Jackson

University of Tennessee FMRP Jackson is an unopposed program 12-12-12 family medicine residency. Our 650-bed hospital sees over 100,000 ER visits a year. We take pride in the excellent rapport we have with the community and the 18 counties serviced. UT-Jackson is an evidence-based program that has a balance in medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, geriatrics, and emergency medicine. Our program offers training for procedural skills such as Colpo with LEEP, vasectomy, LARC, circs, central lines, intubations, LP’s and vent management. We also now have a 1+2 2-2-2 rural training program in Martin, TN to provide residents full scope rural training. We also have a 1-year ER fellowship. UT-Jackson’s 5-year average score for the ABFM Board Exam is in the top 1% nationally.


Heather Cavness
Residency Coordinator

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Our Family Medicine Residency Program began in 1970, becoming the 49th program in the United States. Today, this program is a 3-year residency, 9x9x9 program offering the benefits and resources of an academic medical center in a community hospital setting. The Department of Family Medicine is housed within the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and is located on the campus of The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), the region’s only academic medical center, Magnet recognized hospital, and Level I Trauma Center.

The curriculum blends clinical and didactic academic experiences with a psychosocial understanding of behavior, which enables residents to:

  • Acquire the medical knowledge and technical skill of a family physician
  • Attend daily teaching conferences and monthly journal clubs that are sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine with additional conferences available in other disciplines
  • Explore unique and innovative electives that are available to satisfy the individual needs of residents\Research projects relevant to clinical family practice with faculty advisors assisting in project design
  • Experience an individualized educational program that minimizes weaknesses, maximizes strengths, and works toward accomplishing personal and professional goals over the course of the three-year program

The Family Medicine educational experience is obtained in the Patterson Family Medicine Academic Complex located adjacent to UTMC. Residents provide continuous ambulatory and inpatient care for patients under faculty supervision at the Family Medicine Center. A resident’s family medicine clinics are constant throughout the year and increase in number each year. The clinic population is reflective of the regional community. The clinical education is augmented by longitudinal experience in geriatrics, behavioral medicine, practice management and an 18-month rotating core didactic program.

University of Tennessee – Murfreesboro

The University of Tennessee at Murfreesboro Family Medicine Residency Program is a community-based, university-affiliated training program. We are committed to preparing physicians to provide full-spectrum family medicine to the residents of the communities they serve, with a special focus on the needs of the underserved. We strive to create a culture that nurtures residents to provide comprehensive, high-quality medical care and compassionate service for their patients during training and throughout their careers, while cultivating integrity, professionalism, and lifelong learning. This, coupled with the benefits of living near a major metropolitan area, makes our program a great place for residents to work, live, and grow as family medicine physicians.

University of Tennessee – Saint Francis (Memphis)

The St. Francis Family Medicine Residency began operation on January 3, 1975, with 3 residents, and we have grown to 21 fully funded positions available (7 per year). Since its inception, it has remained the only residency program at St. Francis Hospital. The hospital has over 500 beds and provides secondary and tertiary care services in all specialties to the Memphis metropolitan area.

The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) offers a 3-year ACGME-accredited Family Medicine program. Our program is unique as it is university-administered and based at a large community hospital in an unopposed setting. Our clinic is a model Patient-Centered Medical Home dedicated to the care of patients of all ages and stages of life. Residents are integral members of the health care team that is comprised of physicians, care coordinators, social workers, behavioral health specialists, the pharmacist, and quality/outreach team. Our residents participate in quality and practice management initiatives which provide real-world experience in leadership.

Residents train in a supportive learning environment with faculty that are dedicated to teaching and mentoring. Our weekly didactic conferences focus on the breadth of high yield Family Medicine and specialty board review topics as well as procedural workshops, patient safety/QI conferences, and journal club. The residency program has a board pass rate of 100% for the past 9 years. Many of our graduates prefer to stay in Tennessee or the surrounding region after residency. They choose to go on and complete fellowships in Women’s Health, Sports Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Care, or Addiction Medicine. Other residents go into ambulatory group practice or private practice. Several others have chosen successful careers in academic medicine. Our graduates are ER physicians, hospitalists, Sports Medicine specialists, Addition Medicine specialists, Family Medicine with Obstetrics including C-section specialists.


Michelle Bollenbach
Program Manager