Hometown: Petersburg, TNUndergraduate: University of Tennessee- KnoxvilleMedical School: ETSU Quillen College of MedicineHobbies/Interests: Running, bowling, retro video games, and trivia contestsBefore Medical School: I worked in primary care clinics and nursing homes in Middle TennesseeWhy I Chose UT-Nashville: When I heard that UT had a new Family Medicine program near my beloved hometown of Petersburg, I knew that I had to stop by and meet everyone. My interview here was the first one I attended in my job search, and no other program could match the warmth, excitement, and ambition projected by the faculty, staff, and residents in Murfreesboro. I feel so blessed to be a part of this program and to serve the rapidly growing, diverse population of Middle Tennessee.
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TNUndergraduate: Hampton University Medical School: Meharry Medical College Hobbies/Interests: Reading, spending time with friends and family Before Medical School: I worked as a medical scribe and was a medical education specialist at the Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I had an interest in giving back and serving the community of my home town. At my interview I felt everyone was very friendly and had a family environment, the residents interacted well with each other and that aspect was important to me as well.
Hometown: Las Vegas, NVUndergraduate: University of Arizona and University of Nebraska Medical CenterMedical School: University of Louisville School of MedicineHobbies/Interests: I love spending time with my husband and dogs, especially camping and hiking. I also enjoy reading.Before Medical School: I was an officer in the Army for 16 years, 5 of those as a physician assistant.Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I have lived in middle TN for almost 15 years and was excited to learn about this program. I was drawn to the welcoming personalities of the faculty and residents; they all seemed down to earth and supportive. I was also very excited about the program’s focus on serving underserved populations.
Hometown: Blountville, TNUndergraduate: King University in Bristol, TNMedical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Hobbies/Interests: Running, tennis, ultimate frisbee and anything else that gets me outside during the warm months. I also enjoy working out, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Before Medical School: I took a gap year after getting my bachelor’s degree and attended a bible college sponsored by my church in Cincinnati for the year. Why I Chose UT-Nashville: My mentor throughout medical school did a sub-internship with the program, and although he ended up staying close to home in California for residency, had nothing but praise for the program and Dr. Dunlap. This led me to do a sub-internship of my own here during 4th year of medical school. I fell in love with the faculty, residents, program, and city and knew that this is where I wanted to complete my residency training.
Hometown: Cadiz, KY Undergraduate: Western Kentucky University Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine Hobbies/Interests: Country music concerts, weekends on the lake, traveling, and being with my family. Before Medical School: I worked every summer at my family’s restaurant on the lake. I took one year off before medical school and completed a medical education development program. Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I chose UT-Nashville because I had an instant connection with the current residents and faculty. Our training facilities are amazing, and I fell in love with Murfreesboro the first time I drove through it. You have everything you could ever want, and Music City is right next door. I am so excited to be completing my residency training at St. Thomas Rutherford through UT-Nashville.
Hometown: Wingo, KYUndergraduate: Murray State UniversityMedical School: University of Louisville School of MedicineHobbies/Interests: Exploring new places, Baking, Gardening, Live MusicBefore Medical School: I grew up on a farm in KY. While in college I majored in biology and studied abroad in Greece and Italy. Why I chose UT-Nashville: I loved the mission of the Saint Louise Clinic and St. Thomas Rutherford to help the underserved populations. Also, the faculty I met during my interview day were so humble and genuinely kind.
Hometown: McMinnville, TNUndergraduate: UT, Go Vols!Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences at St. KittsHobbies/Interests: UT football, my new husband, Atlanta braves, going home to the farm, tacos, animal enthusiast. Before Medical School: I worked on our family farm in Warren County, TN and went to a lot of UT football games.Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I chose UT Nashville because it will provide me with the training necessary to go back home as a rural doctor in TN. The people in the program were so warm and welcoming on my interview that I knew this was where I should be. And they laughed at my jokes.
Hometown: Olive Branch, MSUndergraduate: Mississippi State UniversityMedical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, kayaking, watercolor painting and gardening Before Medical School: I earned my degree in Biochemistry at MSU. While I was there, I worked in a lab studying Bovine Herpesvirus and I received an excellent introduction to SEC football! Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I knew I wanted to stay in the south for residency and ideally in a city with lots of opportunities for fun new experiences. I'm so excited to be surrounded by the beautiful middle Tennessee landscape and to be neighbors with Nashville! During my interview here, I was impressed by how friendly everyone was and I felt very at ease throughout the whole day. Once I left Murfreesboro after my interview, I couldn't wait to come back!
Hometown: Knoxville, TNUndergraduate: UTKMedical School: UTHSCHobbies/Interests: Reading and historyBefore Medical School: I worked in a bioinformatics labWhy I Chose UT-Nashville: I was impressed by the faculty, residents, and staff while rotating through Murfreesboro as a student.
Hometown: Lafayette, TNUndergraduate: University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleMedical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic MedicineHobbies/Interests: Running, writing, reading, tennis, skiing, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family! I'm also exploring potential tangential careers as a baker or botanist. Before Medical School: I spent time traveling, working at a ski resort, and tutoring high school students in English, math, and science. Why I Chose UT-Nashville: Coming home to middle Tennessee to serve a community that truly needs it was what drew me to UT-Nashville. Upon doing my rotation and interview here, I developed a deep respect for the faculty and residents for their compassion and knowledge. I knew I would receive the training I needed to become the physician I wanted to be someday: one who always puts patients first and never stops learning.
Hometown: Ruston, LAUndergraduate: Mississippi CollegeMedical School: Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, LAHobbies/Interests: I enjoy being with friends and being outside. Bonfires are one of my favorite things. I like reading and am involved with my church. Exercise and healthy eating have become both hobbies and priorities for me. I want to learn more about nutrition and how to best incorporate it in my practice.Before Medical School: I started and ran a business called Bayou Bowties. We made bowties out of alligator leather. My family hunts alligators on land that's been with our family for about 60 years. Why I Chose UT-Nashville: Training and location were high priorities for me. Being a newer program, the faculty are excellent and also excited to find more and more ways to expand and tailor the program to best fit the needs of our patients and interests of residents.
Hometown: Nashville, TN - born in KurdistanUndergraduate: Vanderbilt UniversityMedical School: Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic MedicineHobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, playing and watching soccer, gardening, playing video games, keeping up with international news, and studying Islam.Before Medical School: I studied physics in undergrad, played rugby, worked as a pharmacy tech, worked at Fat Mo's Burgers, and worked as a research assistant in developmental biology. Why I Chose UT-Nashville: UT Nashville has everything I wanted in a residency program: robust service with lots of teaching opportunities, great rotations, kind and knowledgeable faculty, trusting environment, and proximity to Nashville. I knew this was where I wanted to be after spending a month on 4 different rotations with the program.
Hometown: The Boro! (Murfreesboro)Undergraduate: MTSUMedical School: KY College of Osteopathic Medicine @ University of Pikeville (KYCOM)Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Traveling, Reading, watching movies, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friendsBefore Medical School: I was a Murfreesboro girl born and raised! I got my Bachelors in Microbiology and minor in Spanish and Chemistry at MTSU while tutoring other undergrad bio students and doing drug discovery research on a new treatment for Cryptococcus neoformans. I traveled a bunch and also just kept building up my med school app!Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I have spent my whole life in Murfreesboro and love calling it home! Medical school took me to East KY in the heart of Appalachia for the last 4 years. I always knew I would find my way back home at some point because THIS was the community I wanted to serve and give back to! Murfreesboro and Rutherford County has been growing like crazy the last few years and that has brought in a diversity of ethnicities and immigrants living here and needing health care. This population is one that I feel passionate about! I did an audition rotation my OMS IV year and really fell in love with the program!! The attendings and residents were so kind, patient, helpful, and taught me so much during my time with them in the clinic and hospital! The message Saint Louise Clinic stands for and the network within the community to give their patients more resources was so special compared to other places and really spoke to my heart as it's the type of impact I hope to have as a doctor! Those were a few of the things that really sealed my decision to come back home to my family and choose UT Nashville!
Hometown: Suwanee, GAUndergraduate: Lubbock Christian UniversityMedical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center—Texas College of Osteopathic MedicineHobbies/Interests: Hiking, Running, Baking, Reading, Volleyball, TravelBefore Medical School: I worked three years as a Resident Assistant and ran cross country in collegeWhy I Chose UT-Nashville: Finding this program happened through a rather fortuitous set of events. There were so many connections here that I felt confident that this was the place where I was supposed to be. I am interested in doing obstetrics in my future practice, so I was excited to find a program with such a strong foundation in obstetrical care. I’ve been in Texas for the past eight years, so I am also looking forward to being closer to my family in the Atlanta area.
Hometown: St. Louis, MOUndergraduate: University of Michigan-Ann ArborMedical School: University of Missouri-ColumbiaHobbies/Interests: Cats, live music, playing my violin, painting, gardening, pottery, watching any/all Bravo television, travel, weightlifting Before Medical School: I was the Social Justice Advocacy Chair at a Human Rights NGO in Manhattan, NY. After that, I worked at a plant shop and lived in Mount Snow, VT working at a ski shop. Why I Chose UT-Nashville: This program and its people made me feel right at home. From the resident dinner to the interview day, I felt welcomed. The faculty here is very understanding, down to earth, and go out of their way to teach. I also appreciate the programs focus and dedication to serving the local underserved populations and its community based, unopposed nature. I am looking forward to the next 3 years!
Hometown: Shelbyville, TN Undergrad: Middle Tennessee State University Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy board games, travelling, horseback riding, UT football, and spending time with my family. Before Medical School: I worked as a pharmacy technician in a local pharmacy. Why I chose UT-Nashville: I was so excited to learn I would be able to come back home to Middle Tennessee to serve the best community on the planet. I plan to practice here after residency so this was an obvious choice for me. After my interview my choice was made. The residents and faculty here are so kind and genuinely good people. I am thrilled UT Nashville is where I am able to train.
Hometown: Nashville, TNUndergrad: UT-KnoxvilleMedical School: ETSU Quillen College of MedicineHobbies/Interests: Fly fishing, backpacking, gardening, and craft coffee!Before Medical School: I spent one year in a small, rural town in East Tennessee, being mentored by a family physician who practiced full spectrum medicine. Why I chose UT-Nashville: I believe that this program will provide the opportunity for me to get full spectrum training. The faculty and other residents were extremely welcoming and seemed to have a supportive, encouraging community.
Hometown: Blountville, TNUndergrad: King University in Bristol, TNMedical School: LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic MedicineHobbies/Interests: Spending time and traveling with my wife and family. I enjoy most sports and anything outdoors. Tennis, running, skiing, mountain biking, & hiking are a few of my favorite activities.Before Medical School: I spent a gap year after undergrad attending a Bible college in Ohio with my wife. Why I chose UT-Nashville: I did a visiting rotation with this program during my 4th year, and I was greatly impressed with the residents and faculty. The faculty were extremely knowledgeable and helped to facilitate a wonderful learning environment. My wife also loves the Nashville area so I knew she would be happy here. I also have a brother with some knowledge of the training here, and he highly endorsed the program. Overall, I am thrilled to train here in Murfreesboro!
Hometown: Detroit, MichiganUndergrad: Johnson C. Smith UniversityMedical School: Meharry Medical CollegeHobbies/Interests: Traveling, snowboarding, binge watching Netflix/anime, trying and cooking new foods (huge foodie), DIY projects, spending time with family. Before Medical School: I finished undergrad in 3 years so I would be able to slow down and spend time with family before transitioning into medical school. I think time with loved ones is so precious, and I always try to prioritize it. Why I chose UT-Nashville: I chose UT-Nashville because it has everything I was looking for in a residency program and so much more! Our focus on service to the underserved, structured didactics and board review built into the curriculum, robust, full-spectrum service with a diverse patient population, an incredible faculty that make you to be like them when you grow up, and the amazing location of Murfreesboro, TN which allows me to be close to where my family currently reside. I am beyond excited and grateful for this opportunity and couldn’t be happier with my decision of UT-Nashville!
Hometown: St. Francisville, LouisianaUndergrad: University of Colorado-BoulderMedical School: LSU Health New OrleansHobbies/Interests: Hiking, camping, running, fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking, beekeeping, magic, reading, carpentry, traveling, time with family and friendsBefore Medical School: I spent a lot of time working with high school students in afterschool programs, leading backpacking trips and was a full time teacher for a year. Why I chose UT-Nashville: I was looking for a program that was a part of its community and a place that would prepare me to practice in a variety of settings of after residency. I'm looking forward to working in a program that is still young and growing. My wife and I are very excited to explore and adventure in Tennessee!
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TNUndergrad: Berea College, KYMedical School: University of Tennessee Health Science CenterHobbies/Interests: Traveling, photography, cinemas, fencing Before Medical School: I did one year of Master Program in Indiana and Traveled.Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I chose UT-Nashville because it offers a full scope FM training in a diverse patient population of Middle Tennessee, which has always been a home to me. Also, I liked the supportive faculty and family like culture among residents.
Hometown: Greenville, NCUndergrad: UNC Chapel HillMedical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina UniversityHobbies/Interests: Spending time with family (especially daughter and husband), Marvel Comics, Star Wars, reading, good coffee, churchBefore Medical School: I earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and provided therapy to young children who had experienced trauma. I also spent a year teaching kindergarten in St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Why I chose UT-Nashville: Even though I grew up in eastern North Carolina, I always considered Tennessee to be my true home. My parents are both from Tennessee, and I grew up visiting grandparents and extended family in Tennessee frequently. My husband and I were interested in moving to Tennessee, so when it came time to apply to residency programs I was hopeful to find a program in Tennessee that was a good fit. Once I interviewed here I knew it was my number one choice! This program provides solid clinical experience and strong didactic education all while maintaining a healthy culture. Everyone here is so approachable and eager to help. I am grateful to join the program!
Hometown: Chicago, IllinoisUndergrad: Xavier University of LouisianaMedical School: Tulane University School of MedicineHobbies/Interests: Bike riding, basketball, sports medicine, personal finance and video games.Before Medical School: I worked as a Servant Leader Intern for the Nashville Freedom School, a youth summer camp that emphasizes reading literacy and healthy lifestyles.Why I chose UT-Nashville: I felt very welcomed when I interviewed, and got the impression that the program was genuinely committed to the growth and development of its residents.