The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency Program

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) Internal Medicine Residency program is comprised of an outstanding team of faculty, staff, and resident physicians with the charge to deliver world class patient care, advance medical knowledge through research and inquiry, and improve the quality of healthcare. The small program size and low resident to faculty ratio provides an environment where residents can form longitudinal learning relationships with dedicated general medicine and subspecialty faculty. This program has been described as "small but intense" by residents and students alike, reflecting well the department's emphasis on rigorous training combined with personal attention from the faculty.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), the nationally ranked tertiary care medical center where the majority of training occurs, maintains a deep commitment to medical education. Since 1956 this facility has trained thousands of medical students and resident physicians in the ever-growing residency and fellowship programs. Patients have access to a broad array of specialty and technology driven care, built upon a base of outstanding primary care provider network. The Department of Medicine has seen the recent addition of fellowship programs in cardiology and pulmonary medicine, and has expanded the residency class size from 9 to 12 residents per year. The department is continuing to grow, with current projects to add fellowships in nephrology and critical care. The direct patient care this department provides and the physicians trained here that practice in the region are critical to the life of the East Tennessee community. The majority of UTGSM graduates choose to make the Knoxville area and East Tennessee their home.

For more information regarding applying to the Internal Medicine Residency Program, please visit Residency Applicant Criteria.


Resident and Fellow Research Day

The UT Graduate School of Medicine Dean and the Academy of Scholars recognized excellence in research through Resident and Fellow Research Day, initiating a new format to showcase the very best in case reports and original research. Jaime Morris, DO, Internal Medicine received 1st place for her research "Rare breast metastasis in a patient with atypical pulmonary carcinoid and a follicular hurthle cell thyroid nodule." Read more.

Welcome New Residents

Beginning July 1st, the following physicians began their post graduate training in these programs:

Internal Medicine

Matthew Allison, ETSU, Quillen
Christopher Hill, ETSU, Quillen
Clayton Humphrey, LMU
Christina Kitsos, American University of the Caribbean
Christina Kozlovski, Georgetown
William Lorson, LMU
Joseph Pendley, LMU
Blair Reynolds, UT-Memphis
Leigh Schlactus, ETSU, Quillen
Henry Shiflett, LMU
Benjamin Verzi, UT-Memphis
Christopher Waggoner, Edward Via

Transitional Year

Eric Sollenberger, UT College of Medicine, Memphis
Brandon Birckhead, Mayo
Cole Smith, UT College of Medicine, Memphis
Matthew McKeever, University of Texas, Southwestern
Jonathan Jacob Allred, ETSU, Quillen
Adam Zalis, Florida Atlantic, Schmidt.

UT Internal Medicine Patient Care Center

Our office is staffed with 8 Board-Certified Internists and 30 resident physicians dedicated to serving the primary care needs of the East TN community. Each patient will be seen by a resident physician under the supervision and guidance of an attending physician. Our staff proudly endorses being a part of a large teaching academic center and our mission of healing, education, and discovery can be seen with each office visit. As part of that mission, patients are encouraged to actively participate in their health care decisions. For more information, please read the brochure.

Message from the Clinical Director

Juli Williams, MDOur goal in the center is to provide comprehensive medical care through a team approach. Your resident physician will manage your care under the guidance and supervision of an experienced attending physician. We consider our patients an important part of the healthcare team and invite them to participate in their healthcare decision making. - Juli Williams MD

Please call 865-305-9410 for patient referrals.


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