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Saint Francis Family Medicine Applicants


"I feel that the UTHSC-Saint Francis Family Practice program has provided me with the education and experience I need to further pursue my career as a family medicine doctor. I feel we play a vital role in caring for the members of the community, no matter what the nature of the problem. The residency is unopposed which allows great experience working with private physicians of all specialties."
Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency Graduate

Established in 1975, Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency remains the only residency program at Saint Francis Hospital.  Throughout the years, the program has experienced strong growth under the leadership of several directors.

Our unopposed residency program offers 8 intern positions each year. Residents are provided free meals, comfortable call rooms, covered parking, competitive salary and benefits, and a designated resident area within Saint Francis Hospital.

The wide range of services provided by this large community hospital are:

  • Emergency Care
  • Medical /ICU
  • Surgical/Ortho
  • Obstetrical Services
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehab

Selection Criteria

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

A complete application consists of:

  • Graduation from LCME-approved US or Canadian medical school, or American Osteopathic Association-accredited medical school, within the last 3 years.
  • Documented full-time clinical patient care in the US for 12 months.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • 3 current letters of recommendation, preferably one from a family physician.
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letter
  • Copy of USMLE or equivalent (COMLEX) scores. It will be at our discretion to grant an interview if an applicant has failed Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, or Step 3.
  • a copy of your medical school transcript.
  • a personal statement of your interest in Family Medicine.
ERAS 2021 Residency Application Timeline

IMG Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • a US citizen or permanent resident of the US with a valid work authorization (we do not accept VISAs)
  • able to provide ECFMG certification to begin July 1st
  • a graduate of a school listed on the Medical Board of California approved list
  • graduation date within three years

Meet Our Administration Staff

Saundra Pirtle, MPS
Family Medicine Residency Coordinator

Saundra's Bio
Born in Memphis, but raised all over the world due to her parents being in two different branches of the military. Saundra received her Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a Masters of Professional Studies with a concentration in Human Resource Leadership from the University of Memphis. She enjoys traveling, reading, and running her small business. 

Leslie Ghandi

Family Medicine Senior Administration Assistant/
Advanced Women's Health Care Coordinator

Leslie's Bio

Leslie brings over 30 years of experience to this role and tailors her skills to meet the needs of faculty, residents/ students, and co-workers.  In addition to her admin duties, she serves as the fellowship coordinator for the Advanced Women’s Health Care Fellowship program as well as an onsite notary public. Leslie is from Memphis and graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College.


Last Published: Oct 5, 2020