Sample Yearly Schedule

UTHSC Internal Medicine - Nashville residents receive their training in a variety of clinical and educational settings. Typical schedules for respective PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3 years may look something like this:

Year One

  • Inpatient General Medicine - 6 months
  • Geriatrics - 1 month
  • Neurology - 1 month
  • Emergency Medicine - 1 month
  • Critical Care - 1 month (no overnight call)
  • Night Float - 1 month
  • Ambulatory - 1 month
  • Vacation - 4 Weeks

Year Two

  • Inpatient General Medicine - 4.5 months
  • Night Float - 1.5 months
  • Nephrology - 1 month
  • Critical Care - 1 month (no overnight call)
  • Rheumatology - 1 month
  • Endocrinology - 1 month
  • Elective - 1 month
  • Gastroenterology - 1 month
  • Vacation - 4 Weeks

Year Three

  • Inpatient General Medicine - 3 months
  • Night Float - 1 month
  • Cardiology - 1 month
  • Pulmonary Diseases - 1 month
  • Infectious Diseases - 1 month
  • Elective - 1 month
  • Hematology/Oncology - 1 month
  • Primary Care (including Dermatology, Addiction Medicine, Ophthalmology) - 6 weeks
  • Critical Care - 1 month (no overnight call)
  • Quality - 2 weeks
  • Vacation - 4 Weeks

Inpatient Service

The general medical inpatient service is designed to enable residents to evaluate and manage patients with a broad range of medical problems in both the intensive and non-intensive care settings. There is no overnight call during the inpatient rotation for PGY-1 and on average 3 overnight calls for PGY-2/3 residents.

Night Float

The night float rotation was designed to provide each resident with the experience of admitting patients during night time hours, as well as managing in-hospital needs and emergencies of his or her colleagues' patients during the night. Night float consists of one PGY-2 or 3 resident. Effective transition of care is a point of emphasis on the night float rotation. PGY-1 residents do one month of night float with a supervising PGY2/3 resident in the second half of the academic year.


Each resident has a panel of patients that he/she follows throughout the residency program. The resident spends one half day per week in the clinic precepted by one of the full time faculty. The residents learn under the guidance of an experienced internist.

The ambulatory experience also incorporates the provision of health care services to indigent patients. Most notably, the UT Medical Clinic is a Bridges to Care provider.

In the interest of systems-based practice, PGY-1 residents are also afforded a 4-week Ambulatory block, focusing entirely on coding, EMR, medicolegal issues, and other business aspects of internal medicine.


Subspecialty rotations are interspersed between inpatient medicine months and exist to further each resident's clinical competency as applied to each subspecialty. During these blocks, residents have no on-call or weekend responsibilities. Below is listed each subspecialty rotation required.

  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pulmonary
  • Rheumatology
  • Dermatology
  • Ambulatory Medicine

UTHSC Internal Medicine

Tracey Doering, M.D.
Program Director

Tracy Bradley
Resident Coordinator

Department of Medicine
St. Thomas Midtown Hospital
2000 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37236
Phone: 615-284-2522
Fax: 615-284-1694