Family Medicine Residency at Baptist Memphis

Our Family Medicine Residency Program is co-sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and the Church Health in Memphis, Tennessee. We are an Urban/Suburban program that is dedicated to creating outstanding family physicians with a commitment to providing care to patients and families from all walks of life. We emphasize our responsibility to God and our community to assist the less fortunate among us by offering each individual innovative care following best practice models to achieve and maintain the highest standards. To that end, our program curriculum includes requirements, as well as additional opportunities, for volunteer and leadership activities including the Crisis Stabilization Unit, addition medicine (AA, NA, Al-Anon, SLAA), Serenity House, and Grace House.

The program was awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) effective July 1, 2015. Each year, we will recruit four applicants to fill the available PGY-1 positions for the following July.

Our Family Medicine Practice (FMP)

The Family Medicine Practice (FMP) / Continuity Clinic for our program is currently located at 1115 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104. Our FMP contains nine (9) patient exam rooms, a waiting room with separate child play area, lab with technician, precepting room, resident/faculty work area, and conference room. This facility also utilizes nurses, nurse practitioners, and office staff. This facility is housed in the Wellness building of Church Health; an 80,000 square foot building located in the heart of the Memphis Medical Center. Church Health Wellness provides a safe, climate controlled facility for the community. Memberships are available on a sliding scale based on family size and income.

Our New Home

The FMP is relocating to the newly renovated 1.5M square foot Crosstown Concourse. In addition to our Family Medicine Residency Program, the Crosstown building will also contain 260 apartments, a charter school, and will include such tenants as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Crosstown Arts, Gestalt Community Schools, Memphis Teacher Residency program, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and Rhodes College.

Residency Program Rotation and Curriculum

The objectives of the Family Medicine Residency Program are to develop skills in comprehensive Family Medicine care. The primary principles of Family Medicine, providing continuous, comprehensive and coordinated care to patients and their families and to the community, will be emphasized in the below residency program rotation and curriculum schedule.

Residency Rotation

Report Times: The morning residency clinic starts at 8:00 AM. It is expected that each resident “huddle” with their clinic Medical Assistant (MA) prior to seeing the first patient. “Huddle” refers to meeting with the MA at least 10 minutes BEFORE the first patient is scheduled, to discuss the patients scheduled for that day and any anticipated needs/problems/procedures. This communication is vital to ensuring good communication and teamwork for our patient care. This should be repeated before the afternoon session.

Residency Curriculum

Patient Care - General/Procedural Objectives

Family Medicine residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

Medical Knowledge

Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care. Residents are expected to:

  • Attain competence in medical knowledge goals below and specific to each curricular rotation/ longitudinal experience.
  • Meet expected competency level on rotations and attaining >30% when compared to national peers for PGY on annual In-service Training Exam (ITE), improving on personal score each year, and passing the ABFM certification exam at the end of the PGY 3.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and self-evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning. Residents are expected to develop skills and habits to be able to meet the following goals:

  • Identify strengths, deficiencies and limits in one’s knowledge and expertise.
  • Set learning and improvement goals.
  • Identify and perform appropriate learning activities.
  • Systematically analyze practice using quality improvement methods, and implement changes with the goal of practice improvement.
  • Incorporate formative evaluation feedback into daily practice.
  • Locate, appraise and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems.
  • Use information technology to optimize learning.
  • Participate in the education of patients, families, students, residents and other health professionals.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, patients’ families and health professionals. Residents are expected to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicate effectively with physicians, other health professionals and health-related agencies.
  • Work effectively as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group.
  • Act in a consultative role to other physicians and health professionals.
  • Maintain comprehensive, timely and legible medical records, as applicable.


Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles. Residents are expected to demonstrate:

  • Compassion, integrity and respect for others.
  • Responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest.
  • Respect for patient privacy and autonomy.
  • Accountability to patients, society and the profession.
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population.

Systems-Based Practice

  • Work effectively in various health care delivery settings and systems relevant to their clinical specialty.
  • Coordinate patient care within the health care system relevant to their clinical specialty.
  • Incorporate considerations of cost awareness and risk-benefit analysis in patient and/or population-based care as appropriate
  • Advocate for quality patient care and optimal patient care systems
  • Participate in identifying system errors and implementing potential system solutions

Clinical Offerings for Family Medicine Residents

Family Medicine residents should exhibit and be able to perform the following medical skills and responsibilities:

  • Medical skills
  • Anesthesia for office procedures
  • Anoscopy
  • Arthrocentesis of major joints
  • Biopsy/excision
  • Skin lesions
  • Punch biopsy
  • Excisional biopsy
  • Excision of minor cutaneous and subcutaneous structures
  • Mucous membrane lesions
  • Bursa aspiration and injection
  • Cerumen removal
  • Cryosurgery
  • Endocervical curretage
  • Endometrial biopsy and sampling
  • Fracture management
  • Hemorrhoid/thrombus enucleation
  • Incision and drainage of abscess, cyst, hematoma
  • Joint dislocation/reduction (if able without conscious sedation)
    • Temporo-mandibular
    • Finger
    • Patella
    • Radial head
    • Thumb
    • Toe
  • Laceration repair
    • Simple
    • Complex
    • Infected
    • Tendon
  • Nail surgery
  • Avulsion
  • Debridement
  • Excision
  • Nasal cautery and packing
  • Ocular foreign body removal
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Skin tag removal
  • Wart treatment
    • Non-genital
    • Genital

Interpretive Responsibilities

  • X-Ray interpretation
  • Chest
  • Extremity
  • Joints
  • Spine
  • Abdomen
  • ECG interpretation

Other Core Skills

  • Emotional preparation for, and a sensitive thorough performance of, any patient who presents to a family physician
  • A non-judgmental awareness of your patient’s desire to be treated in a caring and efficient manner
  • An awareness of the non-medical factors that can affect a patient’s health:
    • Income
    • Family status
    • Race
    • Gender
    • Occupation
  • Followed AIDET format for clinic visit:
    • Acknowledge (greeted the patient and family)
    • Introduce (introduced self to patient/family)
    • Duration (clarified expected length of visit/procedure)
    • Explain (provided thorough information with common terms)
    • Thank (thanked patient/family for coming in, taking care of self, etc.)
  • Understanding the Church Health Model for Healthy Living:
    • Friends and family
    • Faith life
    • Movement
    • Medical
    • Work
    • Emotional
    • Nutrition

Benefits and Perks for Family Medicine Residents

As a Family Medicine resident at Baptist Memorial Health Care, you may be able to take advantage of a number of benefits and perks available to you. Health insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, Paid Time Off (PTO) and Sick Leave are available, as well as fully-funded meals and professional leave for pre-approved meetings. View our 2016-2017 benefits package.

In addition to the stipend information listed above, Baptist will provide a benefit package to include:

  • Health insurance coverage for resident and dependents to include spouse and children if applicable
  • Fully funded basic life insurance coverage for resident
  • Vacation / holiday compensation for up to twenty-three (23) days per academic year, non-cumulative
  • Educational leave for one pre-approved board-review meeting per resident including a travel reimbursement package
  • Fully funded long term disability coverage after thirty (30) days employment
  • Fully-funded meals provided through the Physicians’ Dining Room
  • Confidential counseling services
  • Life Insurance including coverage for spouse and children, Accident Insurance, Cancer Insurance, and Pet Insurance

In addition to these benefits and perks, those considering the Family Medicine Residency Program explore Memphis life as well. Home to the blues, BBQ, FedEx and a large biotech community, Memphis, TN remains the distribution heartbeat of the Mid-South.

Family Medicine Residency Contact Information

Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis
Department of Graduate Medical Education

6019 Walnut Grove
Memphis, TN 38120


Residency Program Application

Family Medicine Residency Faculty