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

Scott Anderson, MDIt is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to our website where you can explore our curriculum, resources, and other information about our Psychiatry Residency Program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. We anticipate taking our first class of residents in July 2021! As a new program, we have much to offer and look forward to building its future with you.

We are committed to providing you with an excellent and safe clinical learning environment created by our knowledgeable and compassionate faculty. The foundation of our program is to provide you with the clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, and the interpersonal skills necessary for a successful career and to develop as a leader in Psychiatry.

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 that sits on a 43-acre campus and home to the TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion.

The Parthenon Pavilion is Nashville’s largest and most established psychiatric hospital. Our facility has been helping individuals in need of mental health treatments since 1971. Our psychiatrists, therapists, nurses and other specialists are dedicated to improving the lives of our patients and helping them to return to fulfilling and productive lives.

I invite you to explore our website, which will continue to grow as our program develops. Thank you for considering us and I look forward to meeting you and sharing the opportunities we have to offer as you explore the next phase of your medical training.

J. Scott Anderson, MD
Psychiatry 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 Psychiatry 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 Psychiatry. 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 Psychiatry. The curriculum is designed to provide broad clinical exposure in acute and chronic care occurring in the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as extensive experience in appropriate procedures. We are also committed to nurturing a robust interest in scientific investigation and evidence-based practice.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis; however, the following requirements must be met:

  • U.S. citizens or individuals with permanent resident status (green card); we do not sponsor visas.
  • Applicants must successfully complete USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 before an interview offer can be extended.
  • Step 2CK, Step 2CS or COMLEX Level 2CE and Level 2PE must be successfully completed prior to ranking.
  • Score threshold for USMLE Step 1 is 226; for COMLEX Level 1 is 514; applications will be reviewed for individual merit.
  • Prefer no more than 2 years since completion of medical school to anticipated start of residency.
  • Any breaks in education or work history must be explained.

Applicants must be eligible for a residency training license in the State of Tennessee.

List of leadership and faculty

J. Scott Anderson, MD, Program Director

  • Medical Degree: Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis, IN
  • Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Society Membership: American Psychiatric Association

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. Nashvillians 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 (MLB) 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.

Nashville's rapid growth has caused a number of neighborhoods to develop their own characteristics based on the residents who live there. In Antioch, Donelson, Hermitage, Bellevue, and Madison you will find tons of families of all nationalities, many with kids, and diversity in age and status. Belle Meade residents are in the upper class and Green Hills is a popular spot for upper-middle class families and college students since David Lipscomb University is in the area. In East Nashville, you will find much of the city's hipster population, but also singles and families who like the energy of the East side.

West End in Nashville is packed full of college students, as it is home to the Vanderbilt University and its more than 12,000 students. Also in the area, Sylvan Park is a great place for families. In downtown, SoBro, which means "south of Broadway", is a trendy neighborhood that includes famous honky tonks, restaurants and attractions. You will definitely see a good mix of locals and tourists there.

Music City has got it all, y’all!

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