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

Ronya GreenWelcome! The TriStar Southern Hills Family Medicine Residency Program’s mission is to educate the next generation of compassionate, comprehensive Family Medicine physicians. As part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission - Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. We are committed to delivering patient-centered healthcare that is inclusive, compassionate, and respectful.

We are delighted that you are interested in our Program. 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.

Our residency program provides an academically and clinically rigorous training program. Our dedicated faculty provide our trainees with experience to enhance their medical knowledge, patient care skills, practice-based learning, systems-based practice, professionalism, and interpersonal skills. The residency program’s curriculum is designed to provide broad clinical exposure in acute and chronic care occurring in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Our trainees earn a great degree of autonomy in overseeing patient care as they demonstrate growth in the ACGME competencies. You will be a team member in an environment where residents and faculty exemplify mutual respect and commitment to the program. We are also committed to evidence-based practice and nurturing a robust commitment to scholarly activity.

We are affiliated with TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, a 126-bed hospital that has provided high-quality healthcare to citizens of Davidson and surrounding counties for over 40 years. The hospital is committed to providing excellent training opportunities, and the residents will work closely alongside collegial attending physicians. As a graduate of our program, you will be capable of independently caring for all age groups, managing complex medical conditions and performing common office procedures.

Our program is located in Nashville, TN, nearly 15 minutes from downtown Nashville. Nashville is 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. Nashville is also home to four professional sports franchises.

We are committed to the personal wellness and resiliency of our resident physicians. Therefore we not only provide a solid educational experience, but also remain supportive of family and personal life. In Nashville, we are confident you will be able to achieve this balance.

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.

Ronya L. Green, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Family Medicine Program Director

Program Curriculum and Schedule

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 Family 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 Family Medicine. Our dedicated faculty, supported by the significant resources of HCA Healthcare GME, provides our trainees with the basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, and the interpersonal skills necessary for a successful career as a leader in Family 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 extensive experience in appropriate procedures. We are also committed to nurturing a robust interest in scientific investigation and evidence-based practice.

Why choose our program?

2021 marks the opening of our Family Medicine Residency Program, one of several new GME training programs being accredited in the Nashville area of the TriStar Division. Our goal is to train well-rounded, clinically competent family physicians that are capable of balancing the demands of medical practice with healthy personal lifestyles.

Primary care physicians are the foundation for quality healthcare, and Family Medicine can provide services unique to any other medical specialty. Our emphasis on treating the entire family, from birth to senescence, and involving a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions as well as preventative care gives patients unparalleled continuity of care.

The patient-physician relationship is strengthened by the services that family physicians can provide. For this reason, our curriculum emphasizes a strong grounding in the full scope of Family Medicine while at the same time providing the flexibility for residents to focus on their own particular clinical interests and needs.

We strive to balance the needs of residents to be proficient in managing a wide range of pathology seen in the inpatient and outpatient settings, in performing procedures and in addressing the psychosocial aspects of patient care. Our graduates will have the skills and compassion that will build our program’s reputation as a leader in the nation.

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. 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 (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.

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!


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 a Family Medicine physician who is familiar with you and your academic performance
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE/Dean’s Letter
  • USMLE/COMLEX Transcript for Steps/Levels 1 and 2 CK
  • ECFMG Certificate, if indicated
  • Photograph

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