Contact us

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone directly about our program, please contact Susan Ratliff, C-TAGME, Administrative Director, or call (615) 781-4158.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted via ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service) only and requires participation in the NRMP (National Resident Match Program). Requirements

Welcome letter

Deepinder Bal, MD Welcome to our Internal Medicine Residency Program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN! We anticipate taking our first class of residents in July 2021! As a new program, we are excited you are interested in learning more about us. We have a dynamic and diverse faculty, an ideal patient population and a full range of service lines.

At TriStar Centennial Medical Center, you will receive outstanding training in Internal Medicine. We are focused on providing the best quality education with knowledgeable, engaged faculty, an excellent and safe clinical learning environment, and a combination of inpatient and outpatient experiences. We have a robust didactic program that includes morning report, weekly noon conferences, as well as monthly Journal Club, M&M conferences and Grand Rounds.

Our program is located in Nashville, TN, known as the “Music City” and home to legendary country music venues such as the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the historic Ryman Auditorium. We are affiliated with TriStar Centennial Medical Center, a 741-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs include behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder and women’s health services.

I invite you to explore our website, which will continue to grow as our program develops. We look forward to the opportunity to show you all the TriStar Centennial Internal Medicine Residency Program has to offer. We wish you the best of luck in this important next step in your career.

Deepinder Bal, MD

Internal Medicine Program Director

Program Curriculum and Schedule  

Frequently Asked Questions

Mission statement

As part of HCA Healthcare, a single mission drives us: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. We are committed to training Internal Medicine residents to deliver healthcare as it should be - patient-centered and for the good of all people, no matter their circumstance. We are committed to retaining the physicians that we train to better serve our community. The strength of our training program is the tremendous depth and breadth of our clinical care.

We provide an academically and clinically rigorous training program in Internal Medicine. Our dedicated faculty, supported by the significant resources of HCA Healthcare GME, provides our trainees with the skills necessary for a successful career as a leader in Internal Medicine. The curriculum is designed to provide broad clinical exposure in acute and chronic care occurring in the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as experience in appropriate procedures. We are also committed to nurturing a robust interest in scientific investigation and evidence-based practice.

Why choose our program?

Why Choose Nashville, TN? Strategically located in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, the Nashville region is home to more than 1.9 million people and more than 40,000 businesses. Nashville undeniably has the “it factor.” This bustling city’s creative vibe and welcoming spirit draw more than just artists. Major businesses like HCA Healthcare, Nissan and Bridgestone Americas are headquartered here, and Amazon plans to open its Operations Center of Excellence in the region in 2021.

The Nashville region has been a magnet for creative talent since the 1930s. Today, that energy is stronger than ever, and is drawing not only songwriters and instrumentalists from all genres, but also filmmakers, artists, authors and digital entrepreneurs. The Nashville region is home to some of the world’s most popular entertainers, including Tim McGraw, Justin Timberlake, Jack White, Sheryl Crow, The Black Keys, Paramore and Kings of Leon. Nashville’s incredibly diverse music and entertainment industry continues to expand, making the city a creative core for the region and the country.

Cultural diversity, unique neighborhoods, a variety of industries and a thriving creative community make Middle Tennessee among the nation’s best locations for relocating. Living and working in Nashville has many advantages that appeal to those considering a relocation. Nashvillian’s enjoy a higher standard of living than workers in other large metropolitan areas. The region has a relatively low cost of living and high per capita income, resulting in more disposable income for its residents. Nashville routinely places at the top of national and international livability rankings.

Nashville has a vibrant culture centered on creativity, music and entrepreneurship that complements its robust dining scene, popular entertainment venues and beautiful outdoor spaces. It is home to four professional sports – Nashville Predators (NHL), Tennessee Titans (NFL), Nashville Sounds (MiLB) and Nashville Soccer Club (MLS). It is home to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, 56 golf courses, 80 miles of paved trails, and 100+ parks. Music City has got it all, y’all!


How To Apply

Applications will be accepted via ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service) only and requires participation in the NRMP (National Resident Match Program). Each application must include the following:

  • ERAS Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation, including 1 letter from an Internist who is familiar with you and your academic performance
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE/Dean’s Letter
  • USMLE Transcripts Steps 1, 2-CS, and 2-CK or COMLEX Transcripts Levels 1, 2- CE and 2-PE
  • ECFMG Certificate, if indicated
  • Photograph

List of leadership and faculty

Deepinder Bal, MD, Program Director

  • Medical Degree: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
  • Residency: University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine