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Internal Medicine Residency Program

Training internists who achieve excellence through compassionate care

4 Training Sites
58 Rotations
250 Faculty
104 Residents

It is a great time to be a resident at UTHSC! Looking around, we see new construction in every area including the new $280 million Methodist University bedtower, the $36.7 million multidisciplinary simulation center, and the multi-million dollar renovation of the original UTHSC quad to create a state-of-the-art research facility. This construction represents the growth of our hospital partnerships, clinical education, and the development of real institutional support to advance the production of meaningful interdisciplinary translational research.

At every level in the system, innovation is thriving, and the Internal Medicine Residency Program is no different. In addition to operating on a 3+1 block system and an ever more robust ambulatory curriculum, the program utilizes it’s SIM center, interactive applications and ultrasound technology to create enriching learning experiences.

Culinary Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

This series provides physicians and other health professionals with evidence-based information on dietary education for patients. Important nutrition concepts are taught through hands-on cooking classes in a way that helps participants understand the practical dialogue they can have with their patients about lifestyle change. The program helps translate the literature for use in your day-to-day practice.


Positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All applications must be submitted through ERAS.

A complete application consists of:

  • Current Photograph (required)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores(Step 1 score is required with submission of your initial application.)
    (Step 2 CS and CK scores are required prior to the deadline for submission of the rank list.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (including the medicine chair)


Our 2019-2020 chief residents are:

  • Desiree Burroughs-Ray, MD
  • Michael J. Clanahan, MD
  • Matthew Haltom, MD
  • Shreesh Shrestha, MD
  • Stephen Soufleris, MD
  • Thomas Wells, DO

The Department of Medicine has a long history of excellence in the education of residents. The department has also achieved national and international recognition for its clinical and basic science research activities.

Clinical Care

Our residents rotate to four major Memphis teaching hospitals:



Among the 126 Departments of Medicine nationwide the University of Tennessee ranks in the top 20% in NIH funding per faculty member ($104,000 per faculty member).

Every resident is required to complete a scholarly activity before graduation. This can include case reports, noon conferences with accompanying monograph, clinical research projects, and bench research projects.

This year residents will complete over 25 research months in a variety of areas, including basic and/or clinical research in cardiology, nephrology, lipid metabolism, endocrinology, pulmonary, rheumatology, and allergy.


Last Published: Jun 1, 2020