Program Highlights

Our Program Director and Faculty are focused on identifying the specific interests of our residents, and helping to connect them to rotation experiences that support those interests.  Below are examples of unique opportunities offered by our program.

Women's Health


Our program offers a unique opportunity for those interested in women's health and obstetrics.  The program's primary site, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, has approximately 3,000 deliveries annually, and is the leading provider of obstetric care in Rutherford County.  Two of our core Family Medicine faculty members, Dr. David McRay and Dr. Vanessa Streicher, practice and teach obstetrics and women's health. Residents work closely with Drs. McRay and Streicher, as well as laborists and local, private obstetricians to gain exposure to normal, spontaneous vaginal deliveries, assisted deliveries, and cesarian sections.  Lactation consultants are also readily available and excited to teach.

"During my women's health elective , I had numerous opportunities to perform pelvic exams, PAP smears, endometrial biopsies, and colposcopy.  I also gained great experience in medical workup and management for uterine bleeding, STIs, and pelvic pain. With Saint Thomas Rutherford resources I was also able to gain more experience with breast exams, mammography, lumpectomies, mastectomies, breast ultrasound and related procedures under ultrasound guidance."

-- Bobbi Lakin, PGY-1

Mobile Health Unit

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s Mobile Health Unit is a reflection of its Mission to improve the health of individuals and communities with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The goal of the Mobile Health Outreach is to help achieve access to health care, helping individuals overcome barriers and obstacles.  Residents in the UT-Murfreesboro Family Medicine Program have a unique opportunity to work on the Mobile Health Unit and gain valuable insight into the healthcare access issues of our community.  

"The Mobile Health Unit is a reflection of the program's mission to improve healthcare in our community, with a focus on underserved populations. This ministry in motion is a great opportunity for residents to experience the challenges of primary care in rural areas. Residents are able to take part in health screenings and direct patient care and management. It is a very rewarding experience that makes this program unique."

-- Lauren Cooper, PGY-1

“Working in conjunction with mission-minded faculty, and a health system committed to serving those who are poor and vulnerable, allows residents a unique opportunity to develop their skills as physicians and servants. While most residency programs work with the underserved, I think it would be difficult to find many that have embraced that mission more than UT-Murfreesboro. One example of this commitment is a curriculum that specifically includes time working on the mobile health unit. This opportunity allows us to meet the patients where they are in life and in the community, and gain invaluable insight and perspective about getting healthcare to those who need it most ”

-- Travis Shivers, PGY-1

Medical Missions at Home

Residents in the UT-Murfreesboro Family Medicine Program have a unique opportunity to work at the Saint Thomas Health Medical Missions at Home.  Since 2013, thousands of free medical services and procedures have been provided to Middle Tennesseans through Saint Thomas Health’s Medical Missions at Home. Created as a project of the Ascension Health Leadership Formation program, these day-long community health events provide needed primary and specialty care and services including:

  • Behavioral medicine
  • Dentistry – pediatric and adult
  • Foot and wound care
  • Mammograms
  • Prescriptions at no cost – made possible by the Dispensary of Hope
  • Vision services
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