Training Sites

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Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford (ASTR)
Murfreesboro, TN

This facility will be the primary location for Family Medicine Program rotations that take place in a hospital environment and is the only hospital in a growing city of 120,000 people. In October 2010, ASTR opened a new $268 million, 286-bed hospital equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

ASTR is part of the Ascension Saint Thomas regional health system, which consists of nine hospitals and is a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States.


Ascension Medical Group Saint Thomas (Saint Louise Clinic)
Murfreesboro, TN

This newly renovated 16,000 square foot facility is located on North Highland Avenue in the heart of the community served. The clinic is the location where residents will experience the vast majority of continuity patient care and family medicine services. This patient population will be seen here on a routine basis throughout the 3-year program.

In an effort to provide a broad spectrum of experiences, residents will also have the opportunity to work with a variety of specialists within the local community. This opportunity provides a diverse patient population that will be seen throughout the 3-year program.

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Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
Chattanooga, TN

Our third-year residents rotate with Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, TN for their 4-week Inpatient Pediatrics rotation.  Housing is provided and mileage to and from Chattanooga is reimbursed.

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is the region’s only children’s hospital.  It is staffed with pediatric subspecialists, surgeons, and child life professionals who have devoted their careers to working with children.  Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is certified as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center (CRPC), the highest designation in the state for pediatrics.


Tennessee Valley Healthcare System-Alvin C. York Campus-VA Hospital
Murfreesboro, TN

Our third-year residents rotate with the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN for their 4-week Behavioral Science rotation.

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System provides ambulatory care, primary care and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury, outpatient care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services.  The Alvin C. York campus in Murfreesboro is a Network Referral Center for Mental Health Services, Geriatrics, and Extended Care.  Tennessee Valley Healthcare System provides a full range of specialized medical services.


The Mobile Health Unit

Ministry in Motion is a fully equipped medical bus that brings healthcare services directly to those who need it most.  The unit utilizes schools, homeless shelters, housing complexes, and non-profits throughout Rutherford County as access points to reach our community's uninsured and underserved.  Serving on the unit allows residents the unique opportunity to see firsthand the barriers and obstacles their patients face when trying to navigate the healthcare system and access care.

Visit the Ascension Saint Thomas website to learn more about this Mobile Health Outreach project.

"So much of what we do in this residency is about community involvement, and no rotation emphasizes that more than the Mobile Health Unit (MHU).  My time on the MHU really opened my eyes to all the resources available to those less fortunate in the Murfreesboro community.  I feel so proud to be involved with the Ascension Saint Thomas Mission to serve all persons."  -- Meagan McDonnell, Class of 2019
“Working on the mobile health unit was a great experience.  We get to see so much diversity and really needy patients.  It’s almost like being on a humanitarian medical mission right here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.” ​-- Corey Fussell, Class of 2019
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