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For more information about our program, please contact Dorothy Dickinson at (615) 342-3966.

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ERAS: 1404700479

NRMP: 2252140C

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Welcome from our Program Director

Here at TriStar Centennial Academic Medical Center, you will receive outstanding training to prepare you for clinical practice and subspecialty training beyond residency. We believe in encouraging thought and understanding to promote learning.

You will find the training environment nurturing and stimulating, enabling you to achieve your personal and career goals while making a difference in the communities you will serve.

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Mission Statement

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center is part of the HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education network. HCA Healthcare is the nation’s leading provider of quality, patient-centered care. We are also the leader in graduate medical education, all brought together by a single mission:

Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

In support of this mission, TriStar Nashville Graduate Medical Education strives for excellence in all our educational programs while maintaining an environment of mutual respect and inclusion.

We are HCA TriStar Academic Medical Center, fully focused on the needs of our patients through clinical practice, education, and research.

Program Overview

The TriStar Centennial Internal Medicine Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited program with 30 categorical positions, including 10 each year. Our academic program provides an educational experience that is both challenging and exciting. During your residency, you will have robust clinical exposure to both inpatient and outpatient medicine and gain expertise in office, hospital and emergency settings.

You will be in a program where residents are treated with respect, have a great degree of autonomy in overseeing patient care as you grow in your competence, and have program leadership that is responsive to your needs and listens to your ideas for improvement. Additionally, other healthcare providers round with our physician teams providing real-time feedback to patients and physicians alike on issues such as drug-drug interactions, costs of medications and discharge planning.

The establishment of faculty advisors are encouraged and facilitated by our training program. We link you with the appropriate faculty based on your career interests, faculty who are eager to help and provide advice and guidance throughout your training.

Our TriStar Centennial Internal Medicine Residency Program is committed to providing our residents an exceptional residency experience. We have a new GME suite with state-of-the-art classrooms, a resident lounge, multiple call rooms, conference rooms and administrative office space.

Our commitment to GME will only continue to strengthen as we provide resources to allow for the best possible learning experience for our residents.

Get to Know the Team

Deepinder Bal, MD Program Director

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Curriculum & Rotation Schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Conference Schedule

The TriStar Centennial Internal Medicine Residency Program will provide residents with a robust didactic curriculum, which encompasses lectures, small groups, workshops, simulations, and structured opportunities for evaluation of clinical acumen and procedural skills through mock codes, OSCEs, and simulation.

Our residents are encouraged and supported to engage in scholarly work, attend regional and national conferences and publish scientific manuscripts.


  • Morning Huddle: 7:30am - 8:30am
  • Attending Rounds: typically 8:30am to noon
    • Patients are presented to the attending physician.
    • Bedside teaching is regularly included in the rounds.
    • Occasionally specialty cases are presented for discussion depending upon the interests of the attending physician.
    • Learning activities include the physical exam, a discussion of particular medical diseases, psychosocial and ethical themes, and management issues.


  • Noon conferences include monthly themes of the various specialty medicine topics.
    • All residents on inpatient floor teams and electives are expected to attend.
  • Yale Office-Based Medicine Curriculum
    • This curriculum covers a wide span of primary care topics and provides both an evidence-based approach for what house staff might encounter as well as updates on new developments in therapy or standards of care.
    • Over three years of training, residents will be exposed to a compendium of 144 different topics. All residents on ambulatory block rotations are expected to attend.


  • Grand rounds
  • Journal club (held in conjunction with evidence-based medicine meetings)
  • Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) Conference


  • ABIM In-Training Exams and New Academic Year Training
  • Orientation


Year Salary On-Call Meals Total
PGY1 $54,267 $950 $55,217
PGY2 $55,869 $950 $56,819
PGY3 $57,637 $950 $58,587
PGY4 $59,738 $950 $60,688

Resident salaries are determined on an annual basis.


  • Three weeks (15 days) Annual paid-time-Off (vacation, sick & any other time away from work)
  • Access to health, dental, and vision insurance on day one of employment
  • One-time new resident orientation stipend ($500)
  • Laptops and iPhones provided that you may keep upon program completion
  • Two embroidered lab coats per year
  • Structure research curriculum including but not limited to clinical research, journal club preparation, quality improvement projects, book chapters, and review articles
  • Secure on-site parking
  • Curriculum and board study materials provided: MKSAP, NEJM Knowledge+, and UWorld
  • HCA Resources: Digital Library, Dedicated GME Evidence Base Medical Medicine, Exam Prep and Curricula
  • Paid society memberships
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Frequently Asked Questions about our Internal Medicine Residency Program

We have received our initial accreditation on May 19, 2020.
Graduates must have completed medical school no more than one (1) year before the start of the program.
We currently only accept J-1 Visa applicants.
Not at the moment of your application. We do request that you submit an ECFMG Status Report with your ERAS common application.
  • No Prior failures of Step 1 or 2 and Complex 1 or 2
  • USMLE 1 and 2 218/234
  • Complex 1 and 2 458/484
Research is a major portion of our Internal Medicine residency training program. Our residents are active participants of regional and national events that foster research and scholarly activities. Our faculty members work very closely with residents to encourage publications and research according to the residents’ area of interest. Our residents receive an annual stipend to participate in activities that promote research and scholarly activity and are required to complete one research project at the time of graduation. A minimum of one Quality Improvement Project is expected from residents graduating from the program. The program also organizes a research week during the month of September to promote and acknowledge the research results within the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.

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