Family & Community Medicine Residency

Message from Program Director: Medhat Kalliny, M.D., PH.D.

As the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, and the Director of the Meharry Family  Medicine Residency Program, I would like to welcome you to our program. Our program has a long tradition of producing well-trained, full spectrum family physicians since 1978 and it is the only accredited Family Medicine Residency Program in Nashville, Tenn.

I take great pride in being a graduate of this program. I have experienced first-hand what it is like to be a resident in the program and I understand and relate to residents’ concerns and day-to-day ups and downs. It has helped me to be a better teacher. I care about each and every one of our residents, and enjoy being surrounded by them and helping them grow as physicians and as persons.

Nashville   GeneralHospital at Meharry is the primary teaching hospital for our residency program. Since its inception on April 23, 1890, Nashville   GeneralHospital has provided quality healthcare to the Nashville community for 125 years. Other teaching hospitals and centers are VanderbiltMedicalCenter, Vanderbilt Children Hospital, VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Rural Health Partnership, Tennessee Department of Health, and other local clinical affiliates.

Meharry Family Residency Program is dynamic and full-scope; a dually accredited program that allows resident physicians to work with highly diverse populations and equally diverse colleagues.  Currently we offer fellowship in Sports Medicine and residencies in Occupational and Preventive Medicine. Our focus is training our residents to be well prepared for any number of settings and/or positions within the broad range of Family Medicine.

All of our recent graduates have passed their boards on the first attempt and are successfully working in diverse settings in both inpatient and outpatient. The recurrent comment from our senior residents as well as recent alumni is that they felt extremely well-trained and comfortable with their acquired skills as they entered practice.

Nashville is a prospering city that offers a high quality of living at low-cost compared to other major metropolitan areas in the country.  The state of Tennessee has no personal income tax and the city of Nashville has a low overall tax burden. Recently, Forbes ranked Nashville as the third best positioned city “to grow and prosper in the coming decade”, No. 6 on its list of the Best Places for Businesses and Careers and as the No. 4 “Brain Magnet” for gains in people with college education. Nashville has live music of multiple genres being performed every night. With more than 180 recording studios, and 5,000 working musicians, Nashville is clearly “MusicCity.” Nashville has two major sports teams with successful and well-respected NFL and NHL franchises, over 12,000 acres of parks, 12 golf courses, and endless arts and cultural opportunities offer people plenty of reasons to stay.

I’m so excited about our future in Family Medicine. Our specialty provides the broadest training for any number of possibilities to make you well suited for the career that you choose. Again, welcome to our program!

About the Program

The Meharry Family Medicine Residency offers a dynamic training experience that allows resident physicians to work with highly diverse populations and equally diverse colleagues. The primary benefit of this approach is the versatility of the graduate practice spectrum. Likewise, the benefits of an opposed program include excellent consulting and teaching from a broad talent pool of specialists and generalists alike.

 

Residents serve their own panel of patients in several Family Medicine Centers and during various rotations at Nashville General Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Clinics, and other affiliates, under the supervision of family medicine physicians and specialists.

 

Training in the Patient Centered Medical Home model supports the development of the resident’s skills, providing cutting-edge practice guidelines and preparing them for careers on the forefront of Family and Community Medicine. Meharry also offers a unique opportunity for residents to gain experience and create an impact while treating several types of populations, including designated underserved and vulnerable patients. The rotation curriculum, outlined in each respective area of study, illustrates the range of learning experiences available to every resident.

 

Each of our postgraduate training programs set goals that:

  • Train family physicians to respond competently to the needs of their patients and families
  • Develop qualified community and national leaders
  • Provide services to all communities with special attention to the poor and underserved

 

Complementary programming overlaps with the curricula of the Preventive Medicine Residency, Occupational Medicine Residency, and the Sports Medicine Fellowship.

 

View current salary, fringe benefits, and demographic information about the Family Medicine Residency. 

Eligibility & Requirements

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to Meharry Medical College residency programs:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada who meet both of the following qualifications:
    1) Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and;
    2) Approval upon application for a full and unrestricted license or a Graduate Education Temporary Permit (GETP) to practice medicine in the State of Tennessee.

 

Applicants must also have passed the USMLE step I, USMLE Step II Clinical Knowledge, and USMLE Step II Clinical Skills.

We do not sponsor any visas; you must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

To apply, submit:

  • ERAS Application
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of M.D. Diploma
  • USLME Step 1 and Step 2 Scores

Application Deadline: December 30

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Interviews are conducted October through early February.

If you have further questions regarding our program, we would be happy to send a brochure further detailing the program.

Contact Family Medicine

Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr., Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37208-3599
Telephone: 615.327.6168
Fax: 615.327.5634

Stephani Glenn

Residency Coordinator
Department of Family & Community Medicine
sglenn@mmc.edu

Rotation Curriculum

PGY1 Curriculum

Neurology

Hospital Service

Emergency Medicine

Radiology

Obstetrics

Pediatrics/Nursery

IP Pediatrics

Surgery Inpatient

Surgery Outpatient

1 month

3 months

1 month

1 month

2 months

1 month

1 month

1 month

1 month

PGY2 Curriculum

FP Hospital Service

Gynecology

Pediatrics

Practice Management

Community Medicine

Intensive Care

Behavioral Medicine

Cardiology

Geriatrics

3 months

1 month

3 months

1 month

1 month

1 month

1 month

1 month

1 month

PGY3 Curriculum

FP Hospital Service

Dermatology

Uro/Ortho/Ent

Ortho

Community Medicine

Electives

Sports Medicine

Emergency Medicine

2 months

1 month

1 month

1 month

1 month

4 months

1 month

1 month

Family Medicine Residents

PGY1 Residents

Kwame Frimpong
kfrimpong@mmc.edu

Jimy Hanna
jhanna@mmc.edu

Cassandra Joli
cjolin@mmc.edu

Adrienne Jordan
ajordan@mmc.edu

Nabilah Lari
nlari@mmc.edu

Victor Ukwu
vukwu@mmc.edu

PGY2 Residents

Corey Batson
cbatson@mmc.edu

Mathios Bayssie
mbayssie@mmc.edu

Neha Jain
njain@mmc.edu

Khaisha Johnson
johnsonk@mmc.edu

Abrill Jones
ajones@mmc.edu

Astride Jules
ajules@mmc.edu

Sarah Karimi
skarimi@mmc.edu

Oyedotun Oyewole
ooyewole@mmc.edu

PGY3 Residents

Tyler Anderson
(chief resident)
tanderson@mmc.edu

Nnamdi Asika
(chief resident)
nasika@mmc.edu

Isabella Uche (lwop)
iuche@mmc.edu

Katina Stevens
kstevens@mmc.edu

Jenny Liu
jliu@mmc.edu

Deon Tolliver
dtolliver@mmc.edu

About the Program

Occupational Medicine is the medical specialty devoted to the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness and disability, and promotion of the health and productivity of workers, their families, and communities.

 

Since 1978, the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at Meharry Medical College has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and has maintained full continued accreditation since. It is the only such program offered by an HBCU and the only such program in the state of Tennessee. In addition to board eligibility in occupational medicine, residents earn a Master of Science in Public Health degree from the Meharry School of Graduate Studies, Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited program. This residency training program is partially-funded by a NIOSH Training Program Grant.

 

The mission of the Program is to recruit and train qualified physicians who demonstrate:

  • commitment to a career in the prevention of occupational and environmental diseases
  • skill in diagnosis and treatment
  • ability to develop and administer occupational and environmental health programs for unions, industry, government, and academic institutions; and proactive enthusiasm in the development of scientific, legal, political, and ethical questions in the discipline.

Eligibility & Requirements

Applicants for PGY2 position should have completed at least one year of clinical training from an ACGME-accredited residency-training program. Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent USA residents with a resident alien permit or green card.

To apply, submit:

  • ERAS Application
  • Personal statement expressing your interest and goals
  • Copy of CVUSMLE scores
  • MPH or equivalent degree transcript if completed
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Licensure, if applicable
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Three (3) recent recommendation letters
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable

Application Process:

Interviews are required and are by invitation only from the Residency Selection Committee.

 

Detailed eligibility criteria are available in the Graduate Medical Education Manual.

Contact Occupational Medicine

Department of Family & Community Medicine
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr., Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37208-3599
Telephone: 615.327.6782
Fax: 615.327.6131

Mary D. Martin-Cohen

Program Coordinator
mcohen@mmc.edu

Program Curriculum

The Occupational Medicine Residency Program is a two-year program offering academic and practicum years of training.

The academic year consists of a course of study leading to a Master’s Degree that includes certified training in the four areas required by the American Board of Preventive Medicine: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health administration.

 

Other courses required by the program include behavioral health, occupational health I and II, industrial hygiene, and toxicology. Completion of a master thesis is a required element of this program and residents are provided research opportunities and supervision appropriate to their interests. Training is conducted at Meharry Medical College, through the CEPH-accredited MSPH degree program.

 

Residents must meet requirements set by the Meharry School of Graduate Studies for satisfactory performance.

The practicum year includes both didactic and applied components. The overall goal of the practicum year is to train the resident in the practice of occupational medicine; to this end, the scope of the experience is designed to be broad enough to ensure an ability to address a range of occupational health issues in different settings, with both sick and well individuals and populations.

 

The resident gains experience in:

  • planning and implementation of workplace-hazard recognition, evaluation, and control;
  • disability and work fitness;
  • organizational and healthcare management;
  • environmental health and risk assessment; and
  • population-based occupational medicine.

 

Specific rotations during the practicum year include comprehensive occupational medicine, OSHA, employee health, environmental medicine, toxicology, and health administration/quality management. Residents also experience various types of organizations and infrastructures, from industry to clinical occupational medicine practice in the private setting, public health agencies, community programs, and medical schools. Didactic sessions in the mornings and continuity clinics in the afternoons continue once weekly throughout the two years of training.

 

Educational sessions are from 9:00–11:00 a.m., and cover several topics:

  • epidemiology
  • health systems
  • environmental health
  • public health
  • clinical preventive medicine
  • occupational medicine

 

Educational sessions also serve as a forum for discussion of evidence-based guidelines and recent occupational medicine articles in leading peer-reviewed journals.

 

Grand rounds are held each week and include lectures by experts in the field. Work site visits are conducted twice per year.

Occupational Medicine Residents

PGY2 Residents

Ada Egbuji, M.D.
aegbuji@mmc.edu

Jose Jeune, M.D.
jejune@mmc.edu

Suvag Patnaik, M.D.
spatnaik@mmc.edu

PGY3 Residents

Omotayo Fawibe, M.D.
ofawibe@mmc.edu

Mary Gerges, M.D.
mgerges@mmc.edu

Rakhee Urankar, M.D.
rurankar@mmc.edu

About the Program

Thank you for your interest in the Meharry Medical College Public Health and General Preventive Medicine residency training program. Our mission is to encourage, assist, and train promising physicians to become leaders in research, education, and intervention in the area of general preventive medicine, with a strong focus on health care disparities. These physicians are trained to provide exemplary care for the poor and underserved, consistent with the heritage and mission of Meharry Medical College,

 

By design, residents in our program encounter a broad range of training experiences necessary to acquire the skills needed to effectively impact their individual patients and the communities they serve—whether they ultimately practice in rural, urban, or undeserved settings.

 

Our physicians, both at the faculty and resident levels, have the responsibility to maintain medical, educational, and administrative excellence in all of their activities. They are encouraged to develop their clinical and public health leadership skills through involvement in one-on-one patient management, population-based health management, scholarly research, oral and written presentations, and publications.

Eligibility & Requirements

Residency training in Preventive Medicine has undergone significant nationwide changes the in last few years. As a result, the Meharry program now offers a 24-month training program to qualified applicants who meet the following criteria:

 

Applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited PGY 1 clinical year of training prior to July 1 of the year in which they matriculate into the program.

 

Completed applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) between September 1 and October 31 of the year prior to entry. Interviews are scheduled by invitation only and are tentatively planned for November. Selected candidates are contacted directly and positions are not currently offered through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

 

Selected candidates are expected to complete 24 months of combined continuity clinic, academic, and practicum rotations at Meharry. During this time, the selected candidate is enrolled in Meharry’s Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) program (even if he/she has an equivalent degree).

To apply, please submit:

  • ERAS or Universal Application for Residency, including a Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae, including a valid e-mail address
  • Copy of undergraduate transcript
  • Official graduate degree transcript (if applicable)
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Copy of medical school diploma
  • Certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (if applicable)
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Official United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) transcript or score reports from all attempts—passing scores on Steps 1 and 2 required
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Global Resident Competency Rating Form—must be submitted directly from program director under which clinical training was completed
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from previous program director(s)
  • Two Additional letters of recommendation
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

Application Process:

Applications are accepted via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) or directly (via fax and mail only

 

Interviews are by invitation only.

If you have further questions regarding our program, we would be happy to send a brochure further detailing the program.

Contact Preventive Medicine

Department of Family & Community Medicine
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr., Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37208-3599
Telephone: 615.327.6782
Fax: 615.327.6131

Mary D. Martin-Cohen

Program Coordinator
mcohen@mmc.edu

Rotation Curriculum

Select rotations during the combined 24-month clinical, academic, and practicum training include:

  • Continuity Clinic
  • MSPH coursework
  • Didactic Sessions
  • Research
  • Public Health Department
  • Health Administration-VA
  • Clinical Preventive Medicine-VA
  • Infection Control-VA
  • Occupational Safety and Employee Health-VA

 

Preventive Medicine Interest Group (PMIG)
The Preventive Medicine Interest Group (Project Prevention) is composed of second, third, and fourth-year medical students who are interested in pursuing careers in preventive medicine and public health. They are often student members in the American College of Preventive Medicine, a national organization focused on health promotion, preventive medicine advocacy and training of preventive medicine physicians. PMIG has taken part in successful preventive medicine educational activities and initiatives within the North Nashville community including work with the local Girl Scout troops, local community health centers, local library programs, and weight loss centers.

Preventive Medicine Residents

PGY2 Residents

Jessica Ruff, M.D.
jruff@mmc.edu

Francisco Tejeda, M.D.
ftejeda@mmc.edu

PGY3 Residents

Todd Fraizer, M.D.
tfrazier@mmc.edu

Tam Nguyen, M.D.
tnguyen@mmc.edu

Regina Offodile, M.D.
roffodile@mmc.edu