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Internal Medicine Residency at TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Learn more about TriStar Health's Internal Medicine Residency Program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Exterior view of TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Welcome from our Program Director

We appreciate your interest in our Nashville Internal Medicine Residency program. At TriStar Centennial Medical Center, our program has 30 categorical positions and accepts 10 residents each year. Our residency combines a strong curriculum with the opportunity to develop clinical experience in a variety of settings including offices, hospitals and emergency rooms. Our experienced faculty mentors residents in a nurturing environment.

  • ERAS: 1404700479
  • NRMP: 2252140C

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For more information, please contact our program coordinator.

Program overview

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited program with 30 categorical positions and accepts 10 residents each year. Our academic program provides an educational experience that is both challenging and exciting. During your residency, you will have a robust clinical exposure to inpatient care, outpatient medicine and the chance to gain expertise in office, hospital and emergency settings.

You will be in a program where residents are treated with respect and have a great degree of autonomy in overseeing patient care as you grow in your competence. Our program leadership is also responsive to your needs and listens to your ideas for improvement. Additionally, other healthcare providers round with our physician teams providing real-time feedback to patients and physicians alike on issues such as drug-drug interactions, costs of medications and discharge planning.

Our training program encourages you, facilitates your growth and pairs you with faculty advisors based on your career interests. Our faculty are eager to help, provide advice and give guidance throughout your training.

Our internal medicine residency program is committed to providing our residents with an exceptional residency experience. We have a new GME suite with state-of-the-art classrooms, a resident lounge, multiple call rooms, conference rooms and administrative office space.

Our commitment to GME will only continue to strengthen as we provide resources that allow for the best possible learning experience.

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Curriculum and rotation schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide residents and fellow physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.


Our Program Director and staff

Our team is comprised of skilled experts with deep experience and knowledge from which residents and fellows can benefit.

Deepinder Bal, MD

Program Director

Deepinder Bal

Program details

Conference schedule

The TriStar Centennial Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program will provide residents with a robust didactic curriculum. This includes lectures, small groups, workshops, simulations and structured opportunities for evaluation of clinical acumen and procedural skills through mock codes, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and simulation.

Our residents are encouraged and supported to engage in scholarly work, attend regional and national conferences and publish scientific manuscripts.


  • Morning huddle: 7:30am to 8:30am
  • Attending rounds: typically 8:30am to noon
    • Patients are presented to the attending physician.
    • Bedside teaching is regularly included in the rounds.
    • Occasionally, specialty cases are presented for discussion depending upon the interests of the attending physician.
    • Learning activities include physical exams, a discussion of particular medical diseases, psychosocial and ethical themes and management issues.


  • Noon conferences include monthly themes of the various specialty medicine topics.
    • All residents on inpatient floor teams and electives are expected to attend.
  • Yale office-based medicine curriculum
    • This curriculum covers a wide span of primary care topics and provides both an evidence-based approach for what house staff might encounter as well as updates on new developments in therapy or standards of care.
    • Over three years of training, residents will be exposed to a compendium of 144 different topics. All residents on ambulatory block rotations are expected to attend.


  • Grand rounds
  • Journal club (held in conjunction with evidence-based medicine meetings)
  • Mortality and morbidity (M&M) conferences


  • ABIM in-training exams and new academic year training
  • Orientation


Resident salaries are determined on an annual basis.

  • PGY1: salary, $55,078; on-call meals, $950
    • Total: $56,026
  • PGY2: salary, $56,701; on-call meals, $950
    • Total: $57,651
  • PGY3: salary, $58,510; on-call meals, $950
    • Total: $59,460
  • PGY4: salary, $59,738; on-call meals, $950
    • Total: $60,688


  • Four weeks (20 days) annual paid-time-off (vacation, sick and any other time away from work)
  • Access to health, dental and vision insurance on day one of employment
  • One-time new resident orientation stipend ($500)
  • Laptops and iPhones that you may keep upon program completion
  • Two embroidered lab coats per year
  • Structured research curriculum including but not limited to clinical research, journal club preparation, quality improvement projects, book chapters and review articles
  • Secure on-site parking
  • Curriculum and board study materials provided: MKSAP, NEJM Knowledge+ and UWorld or Combank
  • HCA resources: digital library, dedicated GME evidence-based medical medicine, exam preparation and curricula
  • Paid USLME step 3 reimbursement - must receive passing result
  • Paid society memberships
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Employee stock purchase plan

Mission statement

The TriStar Centennial Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency program's mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.

As a 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.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding their perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.

Frequently asked questions about our Internal Medicine Residency Program

Here, we answer some of the most common questions about our program

Frequently asked questions

Is your program ACGME-accredited?
Yes. We received our initial accreditation on May 19, 2020.

What is the year of graduation cut-off?
Graduates must have completed medical school no more than two (2) year's before the start of the program.

  • Military and public service exceptions

Does your program accept visa applicants? If so, which type?
We currently only accept J-1 visa applicants.

Do you consider international medical graduates for your internal medicine residency?

Do I need an ECFMG certificate to apply?
Not at the moment of your application. We do request that you submit an ECFMG Status Report with your ERAS common application.

Is there a cut-off for USMLE steps?

  • Must have passed USMLE Step 1 and 2 or COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2
  • No more than 2 attempts to pass the USMLE or COMLEX
  • USMLE 1 and 2 219/234
  • Complex 1 and 2 461/475

Do you consider osteopathic medical graduates for your internal medicine program?

Do osteopathic medical graduates need to take the USMLE in order to be considered for an interview?

What are the research opportunities?
Research is a major portion of our internal medicine training program. Our residents are active participants of regional conferences and national events that foster research. Our faculty members work very closely with residents to encourage publications and research according to the residents’ area of interest. Our residents receive an annual stipend to participate in scholarly activities and are required to complete one research project prior to graduation. A minimum of one quality improvement project is expected from each resident prior to graduation. The program also organizes a research week during the month of September to promote and acknowledge research results within our Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.