Program Director


It is a pleasure to introduce myself and to welcome your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine.  As Program Director, I am committed to providing our residents with a learning environment that is rigorous, stimulating, and supportive. I enjoy working with each of our residents to identify and meet their unique educational needs and career goals. As a General Internist, my practice and teaching reflect core values in clinical excellence, patient-centered care and critical application of clinical reasoning at "the bedside".  

The sense of camaraderie among the residents and between the residents and the faculty is often cited by residents when asked about the program. We attract a diverse group of residents from many medical schools, but the environment is one that facilitates the development of friendships among the residents.  Our program respects the individual autonomy and unique educational backgrounds and needs of each resident and facilitates his or her professional development.

A broad range of hospital and outpatient clinical teaching is conducted at four affiliated hospitals: Johnson City Medical Center, Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center, and Bristol Regional Medical Center.   A large and varied patient population provides residents and fellows with stimulating and often unique training opportunities. Our residency training program is complemented by superior sub-specialty fellowship training in Cardiovascular Disease, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Medical Oncology, and Pulmonary/Critical Care. 

Our program’s primary goals are to train internal medicine residents who will be clinicians with a breadth and depth of knowledge that facilitates the practice of internal medicine and to instill habits of professionalism, leadership, critical thinking, and life-long learning.  We strive to provide diverse inpatient and outpatient experiences under the supervision of dedicated and highly-skilled clinician educators who are deeply committed to teaching. 

Again, I welcome your interest in our program and encourage you to consider East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine during your search for postgraduate education in Internal Medicine.

David R. Ginn, M.D.
Program Director