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The University of Tennessee Family Medicine Residency Program – Jackson, TN

Due to COVID-19, all University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency and fellowship programs will conduct virtual interviews during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Why Jackson?

Program Information

Thank you for your interest in our Family Medicine Residency Program. We are an unopposed program sponsored by the University of Tennessee-Memphis and based at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

The University of Tennessee Family Practice in Jackson (UTFP-Jackson) is an evidence-based teaching program that has a balanced curriculum including medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, and emergency medicine. Our program's 5-year average score for the ABFM Board Exam is in the top 1% nationally. 

UTFP-Jackson operates in a 30,000 square foot outpatient clinic located on the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital campus. The clinic includes multiple office spaces for residents, staff, and faculty. The clinic facilities include 27 examination rooms, several of which are specialized areas for osteopathic manipulative therapy, dermatological procedures, gynecological procedures (Colposcopy, LEEP, IUD, Nexplanon), no-scalpel vasectomy, and other routine outpatient procedures. It also provides a full-service in-house laboratory and ultrasonography. Our clinic sees approximately 150 patients per day with both scheduled and walk-in patients. 

UTFP-Jackson is truly unopposed at the hospital. As the only residency program at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, we maintain our own inpatient medicine, pediatrics, and OB services. Our census is steady and the in-house team maintains a patient load sufficient to meet or exceed RRC guidelines. Our OB service delivers over 600 babies per year with residents closely managing labor, delivery, postpartum, and newborn care. We have an open ICU with 75 ICU beds. Residents are well trained in critical care and bedside procedures (central lines, arterial lines, intubations, paracentesis, thoracentesis, and point of care ultrasound) by both faculty and ICU intensivists. As residents progress through their training, they are given progressive autonomy while caring for more complex patients. 

In the outpatient setting, clinic responsibilities increase each year. Per week, first-year residents spend one to two half days in clinic, while second-year residents see patients two to three half days, and third-year residents are in clinic two to four half days. Patient encounters are precepted by faculty, who encourage residents to develop their diagnostic and management skills. We benefit from on staff pharmacists at the clinic as well. Our staff is well-trained and are eager to facilitate learning. Formal didactic lectures are given every Wednesday afternoon, in addition to lunch time presentations, and hospital grand rounds. 

When residents are not assigned to in-house rotations, they rotate in several specialties in either the local Jackson area or "offsite." Flexible schedules in second and third year promote achieving residents' personal goals while meeting the required core competencies. During the second year of residency, all residents are required to participate in a research project that is presented at the hospital's grand rounds. Research is encouraged throughout the three-year period as many faculty members are actively involved in ongoing research projects.

By the end of their training at UTFP-Jackson, residents are well-rounded and well-trained family medicine physicians.

UT-Jackson’s Advantage

The Family Practice Residency Program at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital has the advantage of being the ONLY residency program at the hospital. In addition to family practice physicians, all major specialties and subspecialties are represented by more than 300 physicians, with about 100 of whom participate directly in our program as preceptors, lecturers, or attending physicians.

Your responsibility for patient care increases throughout the three year program, from 20 percent of your time in the model office in the first year to 40 percent in the third year. While the faculty is always available for appropriate backup consultation, you have total responsibility for hospital patients you admit. In this way, you can develop, with appropriate supervision, a "private" patient population according to the primary tenet of family medicine--continuity of holistic care.

Faculty Members

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Gregg Mitchell, MD
Chair UTHSC Family Medicine
Program Director/ ER Fellowship
Director/Associate Professor

Dr. Mitchell's Bio
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee
Stats: Married to Amy; two sons and one daughter
Hobbies: Golf, Hunting, Tennis, Ole Miss football
Research/Areas of Interest: Family Medicine Outpatient procedures including no-scapel vasectomy, colposcopy with LEEP, and dermatological surgeries
Tidbits: Outstanding Clinical Lecturer Award, Golden Apple Teacher’s Award for the University of Tennessee, Faculty of the Year Award, SGAEC Excellence in Teaching Award for the University of Tennessee, West Tennessee Healthcare Doctor of the Year Award
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David L. Maness, DO, MSS, FAAFP

Dr. Maness's Bio
Hometown: Martin, TN
Medical School: College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines University, Iowa
Stats: Married to Rose since 1976; Grandfather
Hobbies: Antique Shopping with Rose, golf (played Augusta National, St. Andrews and Ballybunion)
Research/Areas of Interest: Leadership, gynecologic endocrine, Models of Care
Tidbits: Retired United States Army Colonel; Commanded 115th Field Hospital at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg and Task Force Med Eagle in Tuzla, Bosnia; Dean, US Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Chairman of Family Medicine at UTHSC for eight years. Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors lists. 2017 and 2020 Golden Apple Teaching Award for Family Medicine Attending of the Year by UTHSC College of Medicine student body.
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Scott Sadler, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Sadler's Bio
Hometown: La Vergne, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee-Memphis
Medical School: University of Tennessee-Memphis
Residency Program: UTFP-Memphis
Stats: Married, Kids
Hobbies: Movies, Sports, Music
What I did before medical school: College, Cleaned Pools
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: Left private practice to become a full-time faculty. I wanted to continue my obstetric skills
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John White, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. White's Bio
Hometown: Maryville, TN
Undergraduate: Tennessee Technological University
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Cooking, computers
Residency Program: University of Tennessee, Jackson, Family Medicine
Stats: Married, 1 son
Research/Interests: adolescent medicine, pediatrics, health information technology
What I did before medical school: Research in the field of radioactive waste reclamation
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: I love teaching future Family Medicine doctors!
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Grant Studebaker, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Studebaker's Bio
Hometown: Silver City, OK
Undergraduate: Oklahoma State University
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Tennessee - Jackson
Hobbies: Travel, Movies, Cars
What I did before medical school: EMT. I did my training here and realized it is like no other residency in the country. Jackson is very unique in the breadth of training it provides to it's residents and I wanted to be a part of that atmosphere. I love to teach and wanted to help continue the legacy of where I was trained.
Interest: Critical care, teaching office and hospital procedures to residents.
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Ruth Baker, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Baker's Bio
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Undergraduate: Florida State University
Medical School: University of Florida
Residency Program: Baylor College of Medicine
Stats: Married with 2 elementary school kids
Hobbies: Reading, Bible Study, Organizing Projects
What I did before medical school: Worked at Burger King
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: Love to teach; like to help people in all ways
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Elly Riley, DO
Assistant Professor

Dr. Riley's Bio

Hometown: Uniontown, OH/Mt. Juliet, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Martin
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading, White Water Rafting, Yoga and attending concerts
Residency Program: Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio (Family Practice)
Stats: Married, 2 daughters
Research/Interests: childhood obesity, adolescent medicine, pediatrics
What I did before medical school: Instructed labs at UT Martin
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: My dream job!

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Chris Knight, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Knight's Bio

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: University of Memphis
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Residency: University of Tennessee Family Medicine Jackson
Fellowship: University of Tennessee Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Stats: Married with a beautiful little girl
Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Video Games, Movies
Areas of Interest: Education
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: I was already very familiar with the program and they allowed me to continue to practice in multiple areas. I can work with the ER Fellows, Hospitalist Fellows and continue to help train residents.

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Melissa “Missy” Mooney, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mooney's Bio

Hometown: Millington, TN
Undergraduate: Union University, Jackson, TN
Medical School: ETSU- Quillen College of Medicine
Residency: UTHSC Internal Medicine- Memphis
Stats: Married with two sweet little babies - Brooks and Callie Jo
Hobbies: playing with my kids, riding horses, kayaking or canoeing, duck hunting with my husband, spending time with family and friends
What I did before med school: I worked as medical assistant in an outpatient pediatric clinic.
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: I enjoy hospital medicine. What drew me to UT Jackson was the opportunity to practice inpatient medicine with a healthy work-life balance, while being able to stay current in an academic setting. It’s great group of faculty and residents!

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Devan Smith (Trull), DO
Assistant Professor

Dr. Smith's Bio

Hometown: Princeton, WV
Undergraduate: Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Medical School: WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV
Residency Program: Marshall University Family Medicine, Huntington, WV
Hobbies: During the summer I enjoy spending most of my downtime relaxing by the pool listening to audiobooks or podcasts. I also enjoy college football, floating on the river in the summer and skiing in Utah in the winter. When there’s a little extra time I love to travel to new places or venture back to WV to visit family and friends.
Stats: I recently got married during the pandemic on May 2nd to my husband Jace Smith. We met in residency at Marshall in WV and moved to TN in August 2019 after he completed his Orthopedics fellowship. We have 3 dogs and are settling well into life back in his hometown of Jackson. We are also looking forward to our postponed wedding reception in August!
What I did before medical school: After 4 years of college I did one year of graduate school for my Masters in Teaching and tutored in the science department to confirm that medical school was the route I wanted to pursue. I then started Med School the following year.
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: Upon moving to Jackson I began my 3rd year practicing as a Hospitalist with the JMCGH Hospitalists group. However, after discussing an open position in the UTFM department with Dr. Mitchell I realized that having the opportunity to get back into academics as a Hospitalist and back to my roots of Family Medicine appeared to be a better fit for me. Meeting the staff and residents and seeing their “family-like” bond solidified this decision for me and my family. My husband and I are excited to build a future here in Jackson and I feel UTFM fits perfectly into our personal and professional goals.

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Justin Ryan Turner, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Turner's Bio

Hometown: Huntingdon, TN (via Newellton, LA)
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Residency: University of Tennessee Family Medicine Jackson
Stats: Married to my wonderful wife, Barbara. We have one son, Declan and 2 dogs, Roxie and Shooter.
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Volunteer Football (GBO). Video gaming.
What I did before medical school: While at UT, I worked as a student assistant in the Sports Medicine department with several different sports teams. I immediately entered medical school following undergraduate.
Why did I choose UT-Jackson: I completed residency at UT Jackson and chose to stay on as faculty due to the opportunity to teach in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Areas of Interest: Medical education, inpatient medicine, point of care ultrasound

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Brandon Churchill, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Churchill's Bio

Hometown: O'Fallon, IL
Undergraduate: Union University-Jackson, TN
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine-Springfield, IL
Residency: University of Tennessee Family Medicine Jackson
Stats: I am married to my wonderful wife, Brittney, with whom I have a beautiful little girl, Palmer. They are both patiently waiting for me to surprise them with a puppy.
Hobbies: I enjoy golfing, spending time with friends and family, playing music, and following football/St. Louis sports.
What I did before medical school: I started medical school right out of undergrad, where I majored in Cell & Molecular Biology and minored in Mathematics.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I originally completed my residency at UT Jackson after choosing it for its broad scope of training, hands-on procedural opportunities, and incredibly fun atmosphere. Three years later, I chose to remain on as faculty after the program proved to be the ideal practice for me clinically, as well as an opportunity to put my newfound passion for teaching to work. As an added bonus, my wife and I love that an opportunity like this exists for us in her hometown!


Class of 2022

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James Abernathy, MD

Dr. Abernathy's Bio

Hometown: Nashville, TN 
Undergraduate: Carson-Newman University and University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
Medical School: East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Stats: Married to Alberta and we have one daughter, Bella
Hobbies: Flying, Snorkeling, Scuba, Kayaking and Sci-Fi Films
What I did before medical school: I was a paramedic, Army flight medic, physician assistant and Army flight surgeon
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson for the wealth of training opportunities here that I knew would prepare me well for my career ahead. While visiting, the attendings, fellow residents, and staff made me feel like family immediately.

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Clayton Branton, MD

Dr. Branton's Bio

Hometown: Farmerville, LA
Undergraduate: University of Louisiana at Monroe
Medical School: Louisiana State University Health and Science Center Shreveport
Stats: I have a girlfriend that is an RN at Vanderbilt, and although I have a huge love for dogs, I do not have any pets of my own.
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Cooking, and Golf
What I did before medical school: I lived in Farmerville, Louisiana were I worked as an Emergency Room Tech at our local hospital and held various manual labor jobs.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose this program because of the unparalleled education and continued training I would receive at an unopposed program as reflected by tremendous performance on board exams. In addition to the education, the camaraderie witnessed between the residents, faculty, and staff was remarkable. I was looking for a program that would challenge me, encourage me, and prepare me for my future as a Family Medicine Physician all while training in an enjoyable atmosphere. I can confidently say that I found everything I was looking for and more in Jackson, Tennessee.

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Joshua Downey, DO

Dr. Downey's Bio

Hometown: Valparaiso, IN
Undergraduate: Indiana State University
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Stats: Married to my wonderful wife, Payton. We have a French bulldog, Nox. I also have a marimo moss ball, Takyasu, which has somehow survived all of my moving throughout medical school.
Hobbies: Hiking and hammocking, cooking, exercising, photography, keeping up with my wife’s dog.
What I did before medical school: I went to medical school directly after undergrad, where I majored in Biology and Language Studies and minored in Civic Leadership.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: After my interview, it was clear to me that everyone within the program works hard in order to cultivate an atmosphere that is welcoming and conducive to training knowledgeable, empathetic physicians. It also was very important to me that I received my training at an unopposed program: I wanted to have the exposure to procedures, critical care, and inpatient medicine in addition to OB and outpatient clinic in order to be a well-rounded physician and prepared for whatever I decide to do when I grow up. Throughout medical school I’ve had a growing interest in emergency and sports medicine, so I find the Emergency Medicine Fellowship a particularly exciting potential opportunity.

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Austin Gillogly, MD

Dr. Gillogly's Bio

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Stats: Married to my beautiful wife, Brittany, and we have a daughter on the way
Hobbies: Cooking, Racquetball, Video Games
What I did before medical school: We got married early and moved to Atlanta. She worked while I was getting my undergraduate degree.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Tennessee is our home, and we love it. I chose UT-Jackson because family medicine in an unopposed program provides a uniquely rich, well-rounded learning environment. I rotated through as a third year student, and loved the culture and people. So, I came back as a fourth year student interested in emergency medicine, and was impressed with the busiest ER in Tennessee and those who make it happen. This program offers the career options I want, and I look forward to using the skills and experience gained from this program to give back to my community.

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Brandon Hardin, DO

Dr. Hardin's Bio

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Tennessee State University, Nashville
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Former D-1 athlete (football), Married to the G.O.A.T., Follower of Christ, Optimistic, Adventurous, Competitive
Hobbies: Basketball,Football, Snowboarding, Pickleball, Golf, Tennis, ...all things sports (watching or playing), board/group games, watching Netflix (Stranger Things/Parenthood) with my wife, enjoy reading - favorites (fiction) Dune by Frank Herbert and (non-fiction) Love Does by Bob Goff
What I did before medical school: I lived in Nashville. I worked at at FedEx while i was finishing school. I lived with four guys and every weekend we would travel to a new city and hangout. I also used to help my best friend with a program called Game On. It was a place where young kids, on Saturday nights, would come play ball, eat some food, and talk about the gospel. I got accepted to medical school the Friday before classes started, so I actually started a job, got the acceptance call, and quit the same day.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: My wife and I are from TN, but other than location, the staff and the people in the program really made it an easy choice. They were the most welcoming and down-to-earth people during the audition/application season. Even with their busy schedules they seemed to be one of the happiest and closest groups I got to meet. The residents and the attendings I was with provided a challenging but awesome learning environment. The hospital gets a lot of volume and the residents have a lot of responsibility which meant to me more opportunity to learn and a challenge I get to step up to. I do not want to leave residency feeling unprepared and I knew then that wouldn't happen if I came here. After two years of rotations I had the most fun and learned the most on this one. I got up every single day excited to come in and I have no doubts that will continue for the next three years. How could I pass up the opportunity to come to one of the best programs in the country?

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Stephen Hjerpe, DO

Dr. Hjerpe's Bio

Hometown: Murray, KY
Undergraduate: Murray State University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Married to my high-school sweetheart, Brooklyn. We have 4 dogs, a cat, green-cheek conure, flock of hens, and 2 horses (luckily my wife is a vet tech)
Hobbies: Anything involving the outdoors - fishing, hunting, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, camping
What I did before medical school: I lived in Murray, KY and worked as a Tech/Orderly in the Emergency Room, an EMT on the Ambulance Service, and was on the Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I was looking for a program that would provide me with ample procedural opportunities and prepare me to practice within the full scope of family medicine. All the residents and staff were extremely welcoming and it felt like one big family when touring the clinic and hospital. After attending my initial interview and 2nd look weekend, it was obvious the program at UT-Jackson is second to none. I plan to practice within the great state of Tennessee upon completing my training, so moving back to a TN program was desirable. The Emergency Medicine Fellowship is also a great bonus. I am proud to call UT-Jackson my home for residency and I am confident I made the right decision.

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Michael Lam, MD

Dr. Lam's Bio

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: Union University - Jackson, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine - Memphis, TN
Stats: I have a partner named Tim.
Hobbies: Attending concerts, bowling, cooking, ping pong, traveling, video games
What I did before medical school: I worked full time as an ER scribe.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I spent time at UT-Jackson through their summer research program for first year medical students and later on as a fourth year rotation. The faculty and residents were very welcoming. I was easily able to find valuable mentors and role models. I want to practice full-spectrum family medicine, and this program has everything family medicine has to offer!

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Laura Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson's Bio

Hometown: Chelsea, AL
Undergraduate: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Stats: Single with two adorable Maltese puppies
Hobbies: Dance, Baking, SCUBA diving, playing with my puppies, and reading mystery novels
What I did before medical school: I was on the Blazerette dance team at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. I performed each week with the marching band. I also taught ballroom dance classes.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I learned about this amazing program at the Family Medicine National Conference. I had to learn more about the area and the medical team. During my interview I felt like I had found a home away from home. The residents treated each other like family and the faculty was wonderful. I am very excited about this new adventure!!!

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Tyler Mineo, DO

Dr. Mineo's Bio

Hometown: Buford, GA 
Undergraduate: University of West Georgia
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus
Stats: Married to my wonderful wife Laura Paige. We have 2 cats: Premi and Blue Boo. National Faculty Member to the NBOME for OMT
Hobbies: Taekwondo- 3rd dan black belt, Jr. Olympic Gold Medalist, attended 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, history buff, Sigma Chi, Tim Tebow Foundation, watching shows on haunted houses.
What I did before medical school: Taekwondo instructor, worked in health services at my undergraduate, and worked in the restaurant industry.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I am a transfer resident from Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, WV. My residency closed and after much personal prayer, I was offered the opportunity to complete my residency training at UT-Jackson. I am passionate about OMT and will have the opportunity to incorporate it into the patient experience here. I am also passionate about completing an Emergency Medicine fellowship following my residency training, which is available at UT-Jackson.

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Marissa Moore, MD

Dr. Moore's Bio

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Undergraduate: Appalachian State University, Boone NC
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Reading, yoga, and anything that involves being on the water
What I did before medical school: I worked as a nanny while completing pre-requisite courses for medical school
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Initially what attracted me to the program at UT-Jackson was the strong women's health curriculum. However, during my interview day I felt like the program was all-around the best fit for me and that feeling stuck with me throughout the interview season. I knew I wanted to train at a program that would prepare me for any situation I might encounter after residency, and I felt the training I would receive at UT-Jackson would be paramount to other experiences. Not only are the people amazing but the educational opportunities are incredibly unique. I knew this residency program would truly challenge me and help me achieve my aspirations as a physician.

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Steven M. Nabers, DO

Dr. Nabers's Bio

Hometown: Red Bay, Alabama
Undergraduate: University of Alabama
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Auburn
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Alabama football, golfing, traveling, hiking, anything outdoors
What I did before medical school: Directly following undergrad at The University of Alabama, I went to VCOM-Auburn.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: During my fourth year of medical school, I did an elective rotation at UT-Jackson. Going into the rotation, I had never been to Jackson and did not know much about the program, but knew that I wanted a program that was unopposed, had high patient volumes and pathologies, and would fully prepare me for my medical career after residency. UT-Jackson provided all of these things, as well as a friendly environment where I felt at home.

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Goutami Sanyal, MD, MSc

Dr. Sanyal's Bio
Hometown: New York City
Undergraduate: Columbia College, New York City
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine- Dominica, West Indies
Stats: Single
Hobbies: reading fiction, yoga, traveling, maintaining my ever increasing collection of indoor plants, cycling, writing
What I did before medical school: I moved to London and received a masters degree in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research, and later worked in New York in basic science research while also tutoring high school students on the side. I also spent time volunteering at and working on the board of an orphanage for abandoned and at risk girls in Calcutta, India (where I was born).
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I did the first part of my residency in a rural family medicine program in Arkansas, and transferred here after a year. I was drawn to the program's ability to train residents academically and procedurally in both depth and breadth. The access to a busy inpatient hospital service, the strong obstetrics component, and commitment to solid outpatient medicine that often serves an underserved population simultaneously was just the combination I was looking for. During my interview, I met some of the faculty, staff and residents and was so inspired and moved by the genuine camaraderie and support between everyone. I was also excited to move back to a bigger city, with not quite as many below freezing days in the winter!

Class of 2023

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Jonathan "Andrew" Aristorenas, MD

Dr. Aristorenas's Bio

Hometown: Adamsville, TN
Undergraduate: Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats: Will be celebrating our 5 year marriage anniversary with my wife, Katie, in June 2020. We have two dogs, Zoey and DJ.
Hobbies: I enjoy almost anything outdoors. Including golfing, fishing, hunting, hiking, playing tennis, or going out on nearby Pickwick Lake.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a scribe in an Emergency Department in Memphis, TN.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose to complete multiple of my medical school rotations at UT Jackson, and was in love with the program from the beginning. I also participated in a summer research project between my M1 and M2 year at UT Jackson. It was very evident how close together the faculty, residents, and their families were, and I knew I could see my family here for years to come. All of this, in addition to an unopposed residency program with a great history made my choice easy.

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Christopher Bauer, DO

Dr. Bauer's Bio

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Undergraduate: University of Oregon
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: In a relationship
Hobbies: Outdoor activities/hunting/fishing, playing piano and guitar, listening to all types of music, cars, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
What I did before medical school: I worked as an anesthesia tech and hospice volunteer in Bismarck, ND and made mission trips to Haiti with a Mayo Clinic surgical team for earthquake relief.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I was initially drawn to UT Jackson for the full-scope training in an unopposed program with an opportunity for an EM fellowship. While visiting for my interview, the residents and faculty embraced a closely-knit family atmosphere and were enthusiastic and eager to teach others. It was immediately apparent that a residency at UT Jackson would allow me to grow as a well-rounded physician in a positive and constructive environment.

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Alexandra Burkich, MD

Dr. Burkich's Bio

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Undergraduate: Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados
Stats: I am married to the greatest person alive who is also a fellow resident, Zach Zarzour, MD. We have 3 wonderful children: Liam, Neiland, and Josephine!
Hobbies: Spending quality time with my loving family, cleaning and being outside!
What I did before medical school: I worked at a medical practice, raised my 1st-born son and studied Chemistry at Tennessee Tech University.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: While this unopposed program with stellar board scores had the most opportunity to become a well-rounded physician, it was truly the people that pushed me to rank UT Jackson #1. The people, both fellow residents and faculty, where unmatched in quality. I feel confident I will receive the best training with this program.

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Rachel Geenen, MD

Dr. Geenen's Bio

Hometown: West Bend, WI
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-- La Crosse
Medical School: Caribbean Medical University (Curacao)
Stats: In a relationship, and I have a pet guinea pig named Winnie.
Hobbies: Dancing, playing guitar, traveling, camping, having card/board game nights with family and friends, and I recently got into home brewing.
What I did before medical school: While in undergrad, I worked as a CNA at group homes for adults with disabilities. Also, I studied abroad in Spain for a semester and then stayed an extra month to travel all over Europe, where I visited a total of 17 countries. After undergrad, I went straight to medical school.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: There are so many reasons why I chose UT-Jackson! I wanted an unopposed program that was well rounded in all aspects of family medicine and would prepare me for any situation after residency. Plus, while interviewing here, I fell in love with the atmosphere of this program! All the residents and faculty were so friendly, welcoming, and supportive of each other.

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Bradley McMillen, MD

Dr. McMillen's Bio

Hometown: Ocala, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats: Married for 3 years.
Hobbies: I seem to remember having hobbies at some point, but it’s been so long it’s hard to remember. Now days, I’m happy to find time to go for a run or hit the gym.
What I did before medical school: I joined the Army during high school and was a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. After college, I took a few years off to provide security for the US State Department overseas. Prior to all that, however, I was a busboy at Cracker Barrel!
Why I chose UT-Jackson: The two things that immediately stood out about the Jackson Program are its unopposed status and the EM fellowship. After interviewing here, I believed I would have the opportunity to develop my skillsets and knowledge base to practice both Family and EM effectively. Most importantly, the Residents seemed to genuinely enjoy what they are doing!

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Rabia Osman, MD

Dr. Osman's Bio

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Reading, Painting, Hiking
What I did before medical school: Gap year postbac program
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because I felt that this program would provide the content I need to complete my medical training. The large community hospital guarantees that I will see a variety of patients and pathology, and a high volume of patients for excellent clinical expertise. The underserved population that I will care for here are also the ones that I ultimately want to serve after residency. I am interested in the EM fellowship. The residents and program were welcoming, supportive, and felt like ‘my people’. I am within driving distance of Nashville, and can be close to my family. I couldn’t really think of a reason not to!

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Glynn Alan Riels Jr, DO

Dr. Riels's Bio

Hometown: Hamburg, AR
Undergraduate: Arkansas State University,-Jonesboro, AR
Medical School: NYITCOM-Jonesboro, AR Campus
Stats: I am married to a fellow resident! Her name is Madelyn and we met during medical school. We have no children yet but we have a dog named Polo that I’ve had for 9 years now.
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, and Sports
What I did before medical school: I worked for my father who owns a trucking company then I attended graduate school for a year.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because everyone there felt like family. My wife and I did a Sub-Internship our fourth year and we couldn’t believe how much we enjoyed it. Everyone was friendly and welcoming while still holding us to a standard that they expected us to follow. I also chose this program because it is an unopposed program at a large community hospital with all the pathology I needed for my training. I plan on being a rural physician either in the hospital or ED setting so I need to know how to do many procedures and this program showed me it can provide that. I’m also very interested in the EM fellowship.

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Madelyn Riels, DO

Dr. Riels's Bio

Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Undergraduate: High Point University - High Point, NC
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University
Stats: I am married to my bff and colleague, AJ. We have a puppy child named Polo and he is perfect in every way!
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, hiking, playing and watching sports, traveling, reading, watching scary movies/shows
What I did before medical school: I worked part time as a perfusion assistant in cardiovascular surgery while also working part time as a referral specialist at a rural health clinic.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because, after spending a month here for a sub-internship, I truly felt at home. All of the residents and staff welcomed me like family and I instantly felt as if I fit in with the team. I know that this program will prepare me for any situation and my practice in the future, which I was drawn to. I hope to go to a small rural town and be well-versed in all aspects of family medicine. The UT Jackson program was perfect for me!

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Thomas Rick Sanders, MD

Dr. Sanders's Bio

Hometown: West Monroe, LA
Undergraduate: University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten
Stats: I married my middle school sweetheart, Alexandra, in August of 2013. She is a labor and delivery nurse. We had our little girl, Vivian, during my final semester of medical school. We also have a dog named Lola.
Hobbies: Mostly hanging with family and watching football. I also enjoy hunting and fishing when I have time.
What I did before medical school: While attending undergrad, I was a scribe in a local ER.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: UT Jackson was a clear choice for me. I wanted to attend an unopposed FM residency, and UT Jackson is considered one of the best in the nation. During my interview and second look, I could tell how much the current residents loved working and living in Jackson.

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Caitlyn Roma Trostel, MD

Dr. Trostel's Bio

Hometown: Jessieville, AR
Undergraduate: University of Central Arkansas - Conway, AR
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Stats: I’m a small town southern girl who isn’t married and doesn’t have kids, other than my big fur child, Bandit, who is a Siberian Husky! My family means everything to me and I love spending time with them. Even though I’m the baby of four and my siblings might say I’m the spoiled one, we are all still thick as thieves. They’re my best friends, always!
Hobbies: Running, Cycling, Bowhunting, Dove Hunting, Concert-going, Camping, Riding ATVs, Tending to the farm and cows, Spending time with family and friends
What I did before medical school: I worked as a Patient Care Technician in the Emergency Room at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, AR.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because the program really felt like my home away from home. It was immediately evident how close everyone was and how strong of a support system they were for one another. The people didn’t feel like just coworkers, they were a big happy family. They truly made me feel so comfortable and like I had been friends with them for years. I also really love the area and am so excited to have the opportunity to be here. Some of my great grandparents, grandparents, and parents grew up in Jackson, TN so it is a very special place for me to be and have things come full circle! I love that Jackson is a smaller town with a large community hospital because that was something I was specifically looking for in a program. Jackson’s program is extremely impressive with even more impressive faculty. I knew the training I would receive here would be invaluable. I felt confident I could graduate from their residency and be more than capable to practice full scope Family Medicine or be able to take whatever route I wanted to with my specialty. In my gut, everything just felt right about Jackson and I couldn’t be more blessed to be here!

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Victoria Summer Watson, MD

Dr. Watson's Bio

Hometown: Camden, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats: I was gifted one square foot of Scotland, so my official title is “Lady Watson.” I have a yellow lab mix named Holmes whom I accompany on long investigations for tennis balls. I am a first generation college graduate.
Hobbies: Walks with Holmes, scrapbooking, antiquing, outings on the Tennessee River, playing Mrs. Pacman, cooking, event planning
What I did before medical school: I was a professional Vols fan for 4 years - Go Big Orange!
Why I chose UT-Jackson: My dream is to open a family medicine practice that cares for folks ranging from birth to childhood, adolescence, adulthood, motherhood, and end-of-life care in my hometown in rural Northwest Tennessee. The breadth and depth of UT-Jackson’s residency training and the opportunity to get a head start on working with the greater West Tennessee community made this choice a no-brainer for me.

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Zach Zarzour, MD

Dr. Zarzour's Bio
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Undergraduate: Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Stats: Happily married to my soul mate (fellow resident Alexandra). We have 3 children, Liam, Neiland and Josephine.
Hobbies: Wrestling my children, spending quality time with my wife, working out and coaching my children in sports.
What I did before medical school: I studied and played D1 baseball at Tennessee Tech University while caring for first my son Liam.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Alexandra and I were looking for a program that has high quality people that care for their residents. We instantly felt the warm southern hospitality offered by the amazing staff and administration at UT-Jackson. They went above and beyond more than any other program we interviewed with to make us feel comfortable during our 1st and 2nd looks. The positive interactions between the staff and residents was easily noticed and very encouraging. I was very impressed with the board scores of the Jackson residents as it shows that there is a high level of expectation as well as a high degree of knowledge and expertise that is offered to the resident physicians.

Class of 2024

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Andrea Jennifer Bodale, MD

Dr. Bodale's Bio

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Undergraduate: Baylor University, Waco, TX
Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine
Stats: I am a first-generation American and only child to Romanian immigrants, so my family and our heritage are everything to me. Would love to start a family of my own one day, but am thinking of adopting a little fur baby for the time being! 
Hobbies: You can catch me doing anything related to music – singing/karaoke, guitar, ukulele, and piano. I also enjoy playing volleyball, weightlifting, watching scary movies/TV-shows, checking out new coffee-shops, and playing Sudoku in bed after a long day.
What I did before medical school: I started medical school right after attending college at Baylor University where I earned a B.S. in Biology – Sic’em Bears!
Why I chose UT-Jackson: There is so much that I can say as to why I chose UT Jackson. Being an unopposed program, I felt that UT Jackson would grant me full exposure to anything and everything, therefore truly preparing me for my work as a physician in the future. As someone with a deep passion for medical mission work, I also appreciated the program’s efforts towards global health and international mission trips through Residents Without Borders. Most importantly though, I was especially impressed by the camaraderie and teamwork of the residents and the faculty members. The residents I spoke with during my interview clearly conveyed their enthusiasm for the program. They expressed that the residents all had a great team-dynamic, that they could access faculty with ease, and that faculty members were always willing to teach – factors that were extremely important to me. Although interview season was virtual, the process was so seamless, as everyone made an effort to make me feel welcome and like I was part of their family. Ultimately (and as cheesy as it sounds), in my heart, UT Jackson truly felt like the best choice. I could not be more grateful.

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Keyur Kurani, MD

Dr. Kurani's Bio

Hometown: Moline, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
Stats: Oldest of two brothers. Son of the most loving and supportive parents.
Hobbies: I enjoy being active, playing and watching sports, participating in game nights, watching movies, listening to all kinds of music, axe throwing, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.
What I did before medical school: Spent my time developing a lifelong passion for the Orange and Blue (I-L-L)! I went directly from undergrad to medical school. 
Why I chose UT-Jackson: For me, it started with the people. The atmosphere the residents and faculty created when I visited was extremely warm and welcoming. Along with that, UT-Jackson offering an unopposed family medicine residency program allows me the opportunity to grow into the best physician that I could be with the various cases and procedures I will be exposed to. In the end, I ranked UT-Jackson number 1 because I felt like I found a family I could grow with.

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Rachel Nelson, DO

Dr. Nelson's Bio

Hometown: Ripley, TN
Undergraduate:  Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: I recently got engaged to my fiancé, Mark, and together we have two cats and a dog. 
Hobbies: I enjoy painting, reading, travelling, and almost anything outdoors.
What I did before medical school: I continued my undergraduate research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose Jackson after spending a month with the program during an audition rotation. I was looking for an unopposed program that embodied full spectrum family medicine, and Jackson was the perfect fit. Everyone was so nice and the training was unmatched.

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Axel J. Ojeda-Cruzado, MD

Dr. Ojeda-Cruzado's Bio

Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
Stats: Currently in a relationship with best friend, Karla. We have a furry child named Diego, a tea-cup Chihuahua.
Hobbies: I enjoy everything related to physical activities, particularly going to the gym, water sports and exploring outdoors. Also love to cook, going on road trips and spending quality time with family and friends.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a photographer’s assistant (second camera man) while doing my bachelor in Molecular Biology. On my free time and before starting medical school I explored every corner of Puerto Rico and enjoyed surfing a lot!
Why I choose UT-Jackson: While exploring residency programs, UT-Jackson came to my attention for being a community-based, unopposed program with a strong obstetrics component which is one of my interests. After talking with residents during the virtual interview season, I encountered a genuine unparalleled camaraderie and family environment that made me feel like part of the team already. The program is well-rounded in all aspects of family medicine and will definitely help me become an outstanding physician.  

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Mariana Pagán-Rossó, MD

Dr. Pagán-Rossó's Bio

Hometown: Dorado, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón
Medical School: University of Medicine & Health Sciences, St. Kitts
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Crafting and spending time with my family and friends 
What I did before medical school: I worked as a medical transcriptionist for radiology reports.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose to apply to UT Jackson because it is an unopposed program and also offers an Emergency Medicine fellowship. Even though my interview was virtual, I could feel the pride and excitement of current residents and staff towards their program. Everyone was so nice and welcoming, that within a few hours I felt like part of their community. 

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Garrett Ransom, MD

Dr. Ransom's Bio

Hometown: Troy, TN
Undergraduate: University of Memphis
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Stats: I have a twin brother that teaches English at Houston High School in Memphis.  We are both first generation college students.
Hobbies: I particularly enjoy rock climbing, running, and cooking.  Board game and trivia nights with friends are also great fun.  I'm also a big Tennessee Titans fan!
What I did before medical school: I studied Biomedical Engineering at the U of M.  During my summers, I worked as a Docent at Discovery Park of America in Union City.  
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I have had continuous exposure to UT-Jackson since my first year of medical school.  I have enjoyed working in the clinic and hospital with the residents and attendings each year as well as completing a summer research project.  West TN is my home and I wish to practice here.  Training here at UT-Jackson was a natural choice for me, not only due to the location and people here, but also because of the valuable training opportunities that will help me become the physician I want to be. 

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Micah D. Renicker, MD

Dr. Renicker's Bio

Hometown: Wasilla, AK
Undergraduate: Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Stats: Married for 12 years as of June 2021, my wife, Carmen, and I are excited to welcome our first child in December 2021.
Hobbies: Very much an outdoor person, I enjoy photography, hiking, biking, sports and pretty much any activity that invites me out into the fresh air and sunshine.
What I did before medical school: I worked primarily in the construction industry in business management, administration and other leadership roles. Also, I lived in China for 2 years, studying Mandarin Chinese at a university in Beijing and participating in humanitarian mission efforts all over Asia.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: On the virtual interview trail, UT-Jackson stood out from the rest of my interviews for several reasons. The hospital is quite large for an unopposed program, which creates outstanding learning opportunities. Additionally, the program facilities are excellent, the town of Jackson is quite well developed for a "small" town, and the cost of living in this beautiful part of Tennessee is surprisingly low. Most important to me, however, was the quality of the learning environment and the "fit" for me personally, and that is something that seems very special about this program. The faculty and staff are exceptionally kind and attentive, and the general atmosphere among the down-to-earth residents is as comfortable as it is collegial. 

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Travis Rice, DO

Dr. Rice's Bio

Hometown: Covington, LA
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Medical School: William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Running, cycling, working out, reading fantasy novels, video games and rooting on the New Orleans Saints & LSU Tigers.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a scribe in an emergency department in a small, underserved underserved area in Louisiana called Bogalusa. 
Why I chose UT-Jackson: It was very interesting interview season for my class as COVID made it nearly impossible to travel anywhere for in-person interviews. With this in mind, I was pretty set on staying close to home in south LA for residency as I thought how could I get to know a program in an afternoon over zoom. Upon interviewing with UT-Jackson, that was all thrown right out of the window. I was so impressed with the faculty, residents, and outstanding board scores. I felt that I would be prepared for whatever avenue I choose to pursue after my training here. Most importantly, though, was the feeling of a family-like atmosphere that they were able to demonstrate (even over a zoom call). I was blown away by this program and knew I had to try and be a part of it. My gut told me the answer was Jackson, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be here!

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Sarah Rutherford, DO

Dr. Rutherford's Bio

Hometown: Carthage, TN
Undergraduate: Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: I’m a small-town girl, 3rd generation doctor, 1 of 5 kids, aunt to 3 nieces and 3 nephews, and in a relationship with my high school sweetheart (rekindled after 6 years apart). 
Hobbies:  I enjoy doing nails, spending time with my family, going to UT and Titans football games, laying out at the pool, shopping, and binge-watching Netflix.
What I did before medical school: I worked at my family’s medical practice as a receptionist and volunteered at Vanderbilt Health.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT-Jackson because of the amazing people in the program. They made me feel like part of the family from day one. During my 4th year rotation in Jackson, every single day I was in awe of what I got to see and do.  I knew it was going to be tough, but the training is exactly what I would need to come back to my small-town hospital and clinic.  When I left after 4 weeks, I genuinely missed it. I just got this feeling that it was where I was meant to be. It was a feeling that I just couldn’t shake, and I knew that it was home.

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Allexyss Totty, MD

Dr. Totty's Bio

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Undergraduate: Penn State University
Medical School: St. George’s University
Stats: Married to my best friend, Austin. We have a beautiful fur baby named Mya. 
Hobbies: I love going to the gym, building legos (Friends and Harry Potter) and reading fictional novels. I also love to travel, lay on the beach and try new foods (This girl loves to eat)!
What I did before medical school: I worked as an EMT in Rochester NY and then waitressed in Mount Juliet, TN.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I had been inquiring about UT-Jackson since my first semester of medical school, that’s how much I knew this program was where I was supposed to be. I chose UT-Jackson because of the curriculum and the people. I knew I wanted to be a full scope family physician, that included significant emergency medicine training. UT-Jackson offered that and so much more with their EM fellowship. Though I wasn’t able to interview in person, I had the opportunity to visit after match day. The people were absolutely incredible and I could feel the family atmosphere. I was looking for a residency program where I felt both challenged and supported, this program was it.

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Andrew "Tiler" Williams, DO

Dr. Williams's Bio

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Undergraduate: The University of Alabama
Medical School: Edward via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn
Stats: I married my beautiful wife, Breah, on March 6, 2021. We have a golden retriever, Monroe, and a cat, Merideth. 
Hobbies: I love to turkey hunt as well as any other type of hunting. I enjoy anything outdoors and just about every sport there is. I also really love being active in the church with the youth as well as enjoy playing the guitar. 
What I did before medical school: I worked as an engineer for Halliburton in Pampa, Texas. I also worked construction for two years as well as tutored math and science. 
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I had heard about the residency from a friend and decided to do an audition rotation. What stood out was the relationship the residents had with each other and just how they enjoyed being around each other. I expect to work hard in residency and that's what everyone around here does. It became obvious within the first week that this is the place I want to be!

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Joshua Wood, DO

Dr. Wood's Bio

Hometown: Oviedo, FL
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Single 
Hobbies: I enjoy anything outdoors or sports related; especially fishing, kayaking, baseball or disc golf. I am a Christian, so I also love being a part of and involved in the Church. 
What I did before medical school: I worked in a bariatric clinic, as a scribe in the Emergency Department, and led a student ministry in Orlando. 
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT-Jackson because I knew I would get great training in all aspects of family medicine. When I interviewed with the faculty and residents, everyone was genuine, friendly, and supportive. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. 



Sponsoring Institution

Jackson Madison County General Hospital

Outside view  of Jackson Madison County General Hospital

West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, non-for-profit hospital that is self-supporting and operates without any tax support. Modern Healthcare magazine listed West Tennessee Healthcare as one of the top ten largest public, not-for-profit healthcare systems in the U.S.

With locations throughout 17 counties in West Tennessee, the system provides a full compendium of care from four hospitals, medical laboratory services, medical products and infusion services, outpatient physical rehab facilities, behavioral health, early child development intervention services, community support and education, and more. West Tennessee Healthcare employs more than 7,000 people and is one of the regions’ top employers.

Jackson Madison County General Hospital is the flagship of West Tennessee Healthcare. Established in 1950, General Hospital celebrated its 60th birthday in 2010. Jackson Madison County General Hospital has 642 licensed beds and has approximately 300 physicians on the medical staff.  Recently the hospital received the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology for treating heart attack patients to the highest standard of care. The hospital has six centers of excellence: West Tennessee Heart and Vascular, Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center, West Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, Emergency Services, Ayers Children’s Medical Center and West Tennessee Women’s Center  Jackson-Madison County General Hospital has seven intensive care units: Neurological, Medical, Surgical, Coronary, Cardiothoracic, Neonatal, and Pediatric. There is also a 23-room Operating Suite with in-house anesthesia coverage and a newly renovated 62-bed Emergency Department.

Jackson Madison County General Hospital completed a multi-million-dollar, 365,000 square foot expansion in 2008 to improve our patients' care and comfort. This nine-story addition provides approximately 280 new, modern patient rooms, new Cardiac Cath Lab suites, a new conference center, new dining and cooking areas, new chapel, new gift shop, and many more features all designed with the patients and visitors in mind.

The Emergency Department has six state-of-the-art trauma rooms. Our ER treated more than 100,000 patients this past year. West Tennessee Surgery Center is also on the campus as well as a free-standing outpatient Imaging Center with 24-hour radiologists, PACS radiology system, CAT/CT scan, MRI, interventional radiologists, and a Breast Care Center that includes digital mammography.

With 806 licensed beds, West Tennessee Healthcare has a medical staff totaling approximately 550. The mission of West Tennessee Healthcare is to improve the health and well-being of the communities they serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care. The vision is to be chosen by staff, physicians, and the community as the best place to work, the best place to practice and the best place to receive comprehensive care. The values are continuous improvement, accountability, respect, excellence, and stewardship.

The charitable arm of the healthcare system is the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, a 501C3 organization that invests donations back into the lives of the people of West Tennessee through over 500 funds. These funds meet the needs in various ways, from nursing scholarships to providing medical equipment, toys, medications, and re-building homes lost during a devastating tornado. The Foundation is responsible for overseeing the millions of dollars in donations, none of which is used for operating or overhead expenses.

Program Curriculum

PGY-1 Total Weeks
Inhouse I 12 weeks
OB I 8 weeks
Outpatient Pediatrics 4 weeks
Surgery 4 weeks
Family Medicine Night Float 8 weeks
Community Medicine 2 weeks
Radiology 2 weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks
ENT 2 weeks
Elective 2 weeks
PGY-2 Total Weeks
Inhouse II 8 weeks
Inpatient Pediatrics 8 weeks
Pediatrics ER 2 weeks
Procedures 2 weeks
ER Night 2 weeks
Elective 4 weeks
Orthopedics 4 weeks
Neonatal Intensive Care 2 weeks
Ambulatory Peds 4 weeks
ICU 4 weeks
Gynecology 4 weeks
OB2 4 weeks
PGY-3 Total Weeks
Inhouse III 8 weeks
Elective 8 weeks
Cardiology 2 weeks
Medicine Elective 2 weeks
Dermatology 4 weeks
Offsite Medicine 4 weeks
Sports Medicine 4 weeks
Geriatrics 4 weeks
Palliative 2 weeks
Behavioral Medicine 2 weeks
Practice Management 4 weeks
Ophthalmology 2 weeks
Urology 2 weeks

Program Benefits

2021-2022 Trainee Compensation Rates for ACGME-Accredited Programs

PGY Level Base Annual with Disability Life Benefits* Monthly*

*In addition to the base salary, those residents participating in the disability and group life insurance programs provided through GME currently receive an additional $660 per year for disability and life insurance benefits as shown above in Column 3.  Residents not participating do not receive this stipend.

For more resident salary information, please see GME Policy #210.

Fringe benefits include:

Library Resources

Residents and fellows have access to the UTHSC Library.  This includes catalog and database searches, e-books, e-journal finder, and study carrels. Please contact the library to get an access code for use with all on-line services of the library.


Residents and fellows may obtain healthcare (health, dental, and vision), life, and disability insurance. A detailed overview of insurance is available on the GME Insurance page.

University Health also offers a number of services to support employees, including housestaff.  

See GME Policy #230 and #240 (Protection Against Liability) for more information.


Residents and fellows may take up to three (3) weeks of annual leave per year. Annual leave is not accumulated from year to year. Residents and fellows do not receive pay for unused annual leave.

Educational Leave

Educational leave can be taken during a residency or fellowship with approval from the Program Director.

Sick Leave

Residents and fellows accumulate three (3) weeks of sick leave per year. Sick leave is non-cumulative from year to year. Residents and fellows are not paid for unused sick leave.

Parental Leave

Parental leave is available to residents for the birth or adoption of a child. Sick leave and annual leave may be used in order for the resident's salary to continue. Additional time is permitted with the approval of the Program Director and will be leave without pay. Due to ASCO/ASH rules, time off may delay completion of the residency/fellowship.

GME Policies and Procedures

A full list of resident/fellow Policies and Procedures is available on the GME web site.

Program Objectives

UT Jackson Family Medicine Residency Program requires that during each rotation, residents demonstrate competence in the following six core areas:

  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Knowledge
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. Systems-Based Practice

Interview Selection Criteria

  • Applicant must hold full U.S. Citizenship. J1 Visa applicants will be considered during the post-match Scramble only.
  • Applicant must have passed Steps I & II of USMLE (CK) on the 1st attempt. It will be at our discretion to grant an interview if an applicant has failed their USMLE Step 1 OR Step 2. (Osteopathic applicants must have passed the equivalent exams.)
  • A minimum score of 210 on USMLE Step 1 and minimum score of 225 on the USMLE Step 2 CK (first attempt). It will be at our discretion to grant an interview if an applicant does not meet the minimum score requirement (Osteopathic applicants must have passed the COMLEX exams with equivalent scores).
  • Applicants may not be granted an interview IF applicant has not graduated medical school within the CURRENT CALENDAR YEAR to which they are applying. For example, if you are applying for the start date of July 2021, then you MUST have graduated between January 2021 – June 2021).
  • Foreign medical graduates must have a minimum of twelve consecutive months of experience in the U.S. healthcare system in managed patient care.
  • Foreign medical graduates must have complete ECFMG certification, with current CSA status.
  • ALL applicants must submit recent letters of recommendation from a minimum of three physicians practicing in the U.S. healthcare system.
  • If applicants do not provide ALL required test scores (USMLE/COMLEX) by December 15th, it will be at our discretion to grant an interview to those applicants after the set deadline. 

Please visit our Applicants page for more information.

Resident Life

group of residents
 Residents outside by a sign
 Resident with children in Haiti
 resident walking at graduation
 Faculty teaching residents
 Residents rafting as a team building exercise
 Two residents in an outdoor setting
 Female and two male residents in an outdoor setting
 residents posing after golfing

Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The University of Tennessee Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program in Jackson, TN is an outstanding opportunity for family physicians who desire further training in emergency medicine and the ability to become board-certified in emergency medicine by ABPS (American Board of Physician Specialties), the official certifying body of AAPS (American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.). The AAPS' American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP) certifies the fellowship program.

Our hospital is the busiest ER in the state of Tennessee serving 18 counties with an annual ED volume of approximately 100,000 visits. There are 64 rooms in which fellows receive specific training in trauma care, management of acute cardiac patients (STEMI and others) as well as comprehensive management of stroke patients in a certified stroke center.

The fellowship enables the family physician to sit for the ABPS Board Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM).

8 positions are offered each academic year. The curriculum includes 14 (12 hour) shifts in the emergency room and 2 (6 hour) shifts working at the UT Family Medicine Residency Program each month seeing patients in our clinic as same day appointments or ER follow-up visits. Fellows are required to participate in monthly didactics that focus on improvement of clinical skills and to enhance their hands-on training with ER procedures and ultrasound.

The annual salary is $74,000 and additional benefits including professional liability, health insurance, and time off for CME.

Explore Jackson

Jackson signJackson, named after President Andrew Jackson, is also called Hub City because of its location (halfway between Memphis and Nashville), making it a historical railroad town. It is also sometimes referred to as the Birthplace of Rockabilly Music, being the hometown of Carl Perkins, Big Maybell, and LOLO.

Jackson is the 8th largest city in Tennessee (with a population of 66,870 as of 2019) and even today, remains a center of trade, education, industry, and arts and culture.

It is an affordable town to live in and raise a family. The Jackson-Madison County School System has 5 high schools, 6 middle schools, and 11 elementary schools. There are 5 colleges, including a University of Memphis at Lambuth location. With two dog parks, including the new 11-acre Dr. Vicki Schneider Lake Dog Park, as well as one downtown, even four-legged family members will be happy living in Jackson.

Downtown Jackson has undergone a revitalization in recent years. With offerings such as the Jackson AMP, which hosts free summer concerts and other events, and a year-round farmer’s market, dining, shopping, and other live music, downtown is a popular place for our residents to live and play.

Outdoor sports and recreation options include the Jackson Tennis Complex, the Andrew Jackson Marathon, 17 public parks, and hiking and biking trails at Union University as well as nearby state parks.

Arts and entertainment options include the Jackson Symphony, Jackson Theatre Guild, Ballet Arts, and the Jackson Generals stadium, which not only hosts the Double-A Minor League Baseball team, but also events and concerts (recent artists have included Nelly, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss, and Jake Owen).

Thank You for the Opportunity

Thank you for your interest in our program! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Heather Cavness at 731.541.3755 or by email at

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Last Published: Oct 14, 2021