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

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 Residency Program
ER Fellowship Program 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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Grant Studebaker, MD
Residency Program Director
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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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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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 2023

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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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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:Single father of 2 rambunctious 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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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: Cat mom to Pia and Pimms
Hobbies: I enjoy painting, reading, traveling, 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. 


Class of 2025

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Rebecca "Becca" Aaron, MD

Dr. Aaron's Bio

Hometown: Pulaski, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Medical School: St. George's University, Grenada West Indies
Stats: I was homeschooled and come from a family of 12 children.
Hobbies: hiking, camping, kayaking, I am working on completing section hikes of the Appalachian trail and am up to about 300 miles completed.
What I did before medical school: I worked at Starbucks and Cabelas.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose Jackson first of all for location. It's a great place to live and close to my grandparents. During the interview process I was impressed by all the good things the current residents had to say about the program and I like that it is unopposed.

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Hunter Crouse, DO

Dr. Crouse's Bio
Hometown: Greenfield, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Engaged to my beautiful fiancé, Macy, who is a NICU nurse here at JMCGH. We are getting married in August 2022!
Hobbies: I enjoy hunting, spending time on the lake, playing basketball and golf, and supporting UT Vols and Memphis Grizzlies.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a rehab nursing tech at a rehabilitation hospital and worked part-time at a local greenhouse.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: West TN is home for me! Being able to train and serve patients in this area is certainly a reason I chose ​UT-Jackson. Along with the location and renowned heritage, the various individuals who make up this program were a significant selling point. The residents, faculty, and administration were welcoming and genuine while on a rotation during my fourth year. The residents displayed camaraderie towards each other and possessed such strong bonds that it made working together exciting. I wanted to train at an unopposed program that challenged you to work hard, while still supporting you. UT-Jackson was the best fit for me, and I believe this program will help me fulfill my aspirations of practicing medicine in West TN for many years.

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Leimu “Maadiye” Davies, DO

Dr. Davies's Bio

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Happily Single
Hobbies: Spending quality time with my loved ones, bowling, theatre/acting, motivational speaking, binge-watching TV shows, watching hair, skin, and make-up tutorials on YouTube
What I did before medical school: I was a high school science teacher in my hometown for a year. I also got my Master of Science in Biomedical Professions prior to medical school.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Based on my research during the application process, I knew UT-Jackson was a very strong unopposed family medicine program. However, I absolutely fell in love with this program during my audition rotation. The residents, faculty, and staff welcomed me with open arms, constantly making me feel like part of the team. Although things got hectic at times, I constantly felt a sense of peace, enthusiasm, and belonging throughout the rotation. I would describe this residency as a hidden gem with amazing people and well-rounded, invaluable training. Finding out I matched at UT-Jackson was one of the happiest moments of my entire life. I cannot wait to begin my journey with this exceptional program and become a phenomenal physician.

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Renee Hubbard, DO

Dr. Hubbard's Bio
Hometown: Madison, WI
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Medical School: A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Mom to a fun and curious 6-year-old boy, Michael.
Hobbies: We love going on adventures! Traveling, boating, hiking, and discovering new places. At home we enjoy board games, movie nights, cooking and baking.
What I did before medical school: I was an entrepreneur and owned and operated a used car dealership and finance company.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I was attracted to UT-Jackson because it offers unopposed, full spectrum family medicine training in a large community hospital. However, the reason I chose UT-Jackson above all others was the people. I received such a warm and authentic welcome by the residents, faculty, and staff that I could not see myself anywhere else.

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Morgan Faith Jackson, MD

Dr. Jackson's Bio

Hometown: Adamsville, AL
Undergraduate: University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine
Stats: Single for now…Plans include adopting two fur babies in the near future
Hobbies: All the things! Haha. No…seriously! I enjoy laughing, dancing, eating, sleeping, hiking, cooking/baking, audiobooks, volunteering, helping people, trying new restaurants…you know… basically all the things J
What I did before medical school: I had a few jobs. I worked at Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, AL. I also worked as an Office Manager for a Tax Accounting firm. I worked, too, at Planet Fitness! My most rewarding job, however, before medical school was teaching at-risk youth, helping them get their GEDs while learning a trade.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because…well…the name “Jackson” resonated with me. I thoroughly enjoyed my virtual interview with the UT Jackson family. I was looking for a program that would prepare me to be a well-rounded physician and provide me with a myriad of exposure within the full scope of Family Medicine—UT Jackson fit the bill. Additional reasons include the program’s proximity to my hometown and the ability to have a life outside of the hospital.

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Gabriel C. Nold, DO

Dr. Nold's Bio

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate: Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn
Stats: I married my amazing wife, Amanda, on March 27, 2021. We have a beautiful dog, Claire.
Hobbies: I played college football so naturally I love everything sports related. I also enjoy outdoor activities including water skiing, wakeboarding, golfing, and kayaking.
What I did before medical school: I obtained my Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I heard about this program from a friend and decided to do an audition rotation during my fourth year of medical school. During my month at UT-Jackson, I saw the relationship the residents had with each other and with the attendings, and I witnessed how much they enjoyed being together. It was very important to me to be at an unopposed program with high exposure to procedures, critical care, and outpatient medicine. UT-Jackson felt like a place that I could build great relationships and become prepared for anything I might face during my future career. It felt like home. I am also very excited about the potential opportunity to obtain an Emergency Medicine Fellowship at UT-Jackson.

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Kaitlyn Phillips, DO

Dr. Phillips's Bio

Hometown: Rogersville, AL
Undergraduate: The University of North Alabama
Medical School: Edward VIa College of Osteopathic Medicine - Auburn
Stats: Married to my favorite person, Russell, since June of 2019. We have two pups, Ollie and Hattie.
Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, the outdoors, Peloton workouts, and reading. Also, I shamelessly enjoy reality TV and (poorly written) medical shows.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a bank teller and as a patient care tech at a local hospital during undergrad.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I was lucky enough to spend a month at UT-Jackson during an audition rotation, and I knew almost immediately it was where I wanted to continue my medical training. I felt welcomed from the first day of my audition, and I could not help but notice all of the wonderful relationships that were comprised of even better people. There was such a strong sense of camaraderie between all of the residents, attendings, and staff, and this helped make an exceptional and enjoyable learning environment. Being from a small-town with intentions on practicing in a rural area, it was important for me to find an unopposed program that would offer full-scope training, and I knew by the end of my first day in Jackson that I would get that type of training here. Every single day felt like a new adventure with different pathologies, procedures, deliveries, etc., and I just knew this was the place I had to be! I am truly thrilled to be a part of this program, and I am looking forward to the next 3 years!

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William F. Pierce V, MD

Dr. Pierce's Bio
Hometown: Jackson, TN
Undergraduate: Union University, Jackson TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats: Father of 2 girls, Rylan and Emerson.
Hobbies: I enjoy being active, spending time outdoors, and traveling new places.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a surgical support technician for West Tennessee Healthcare
Why I chose UT-Jackson: My favorite part of the UT Jackson Program is the vibrant camaraderie between the residents who have welcomed me into the family. Despite working hard, it is a positive work environment with a talented and kind faculty supervising my training.

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Hans Schubert, DO

Dr. Schubert's Bio

Hometown: Cleveland, MS
Undergraduate: Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University
Stats: I recently celebrated four years of marriage with my beautiful wife Johanna. We have a son Tristan, whom we adore, and a vivacious Golden Retriever named Sadie.
Hobbies: I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, reading historical fiction, playing board games, travelling, and spending quality time with friends and family.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a Nursing Technician at the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids, MI.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT-Jackson because it felt like I was working with family from day one. From genuine interactions with faculty and staff, to down-to-earth conversations with residents, I felt like this program was tailor-fit for me both personally and professionally. If great people weren’t enough, this program is also unopposed, which means that as a resident here I’ll have numerous opportunities to train and develop as a physician before I head out to serve in my community. I sincerely believe that UT-Jackson will provide me with the tools to practice the full spectrum of Family Medicine and I am so excited to be a part of this team!

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Jeffery Alexander Scott, MD

Dr. Scott's Bio

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo
Undergraduate: University of Central Missouri bachelor in exercise physiology
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Stats: I have a brother who is 19 years older than me
Hobbies: I enjoy playing basketball, lifting weights, trying new restaurants and a huge movie buff. I spend alot of time hanging with my family and friends. Of note I have late developing interest in becoming great at cooking.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a technician in the cardiovascular and telemetry department Of University health. (Truman Medical Center) in Kansas city missouri.
Why I choose UT-Jackson: After my interview with faculty of UT-Jackson I felt this program was a perfect fit for me due to the easy going yet hard working nature this Program has. I also was attracted to the different tracks options this program provides.

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Kevin Pradip Sheth, DO

Dr. Sheth's Bio

Hometown: Madisonville, TN
Undergraduate: Emory University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Youngest in a family of four. My older brother and I are both first generation graduates from college and medical school.
Hobbies: Growing up in East Tennessee, I enjoy nature and spending time outdoors. I enjoy running and doing trails. I also enjoy live music and playing the guitar.
What I did before medical school: I completed post baccalaureate studies at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT-Jackson for my residency training because it is one of the most complete programs in the country. In addition to being an unopposed program, I could feel the support from every member that I interviewed with during the time. Everyone seems genuinely ready to help in all aspects. Nowhere else would I be seeing the volume of patients, have the independence to encounter a variety of pathologies, and grow into the most complete physician that I possibly can. I feel as though residents who complete their training here are ready for whatever they decide to pursue next. I am excited to start my journey and see where residency takes me.

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Jordan Steele, MD

Dr. Steele's Bio
Hometown: Newark, AR
Undergraduate: Lyon College, Batesville, AR
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine
Stats: I'm the youngest of 4 and am a first generation physician. Currently in over 10 fantasy football leagues.
Hobbies: Outside of medicine, my favorite hobbies are fantasy football, going to the gym, and spending time with my friends.
What I did before medical school: I worked as an ER technician and then a medical technician in the hospital laboratory in Newport, AR.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Matching Jackson was an easy choice for me. During my interview, I kept thinking to myself that the culture of this program was quite literally made for a person like me. I could sense that the atmosphere was positive and uplifting, even over a virtual interview. It was apparent how close every member of the program was. I was searching for a residency program where, if I failed, everyone would be ready to build me back up, and UT Jackson is easily the best place for that.

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 4 weeks
Pediatrics ER 2 weeks
Procedures 2 weeks
ER Night 2 weeks
Elective 10 weeks
Orthopedics 4 weeks
Neonatal Intensive Care 2 weeks
Ambulatory Peds 4 weeks
ICU 4 weeks
Gynecology 4 weeks
OB2 2 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

2022-2023 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 a twelve-month period
  • three (3) weeks of sick leave per a twelve-month period
  • up to 10 days per twelve-month period for educational leave (granted with the approval of the Program Director)
  • up to 12 weeks FMLA and/or four months leave (paid or unpaid) for the birth or adoption of a child
  • three (3) days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member
See GME Policy #220 for specifics on leave.

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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Jul 13, 2022