Program Directors

Welcome to the Residency Program in the Department of Internal Medicine, Quillen College of Medicine of ETSU. We are proud of our program, and our shared commitment to a single goal: to best prepare our residents for the next stages of their careers, whatever they choose them to be.

geraci Stephen A. Geraci, MD
Chair of Internal Medicine & Program Director
pierce Deidre Pierce, MD
Executive Associate Residency Director
mehta Jay Mehta, MD
Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Fellowships
q Matthew Parks, MD
Associate Program Director of General Internal Medicine, Veteran Affairs
Kailash Bajaj, MD Kailash Bajaj, MD
Associate Program Director of General Internal Medicine
 nunley Diane Nunley-Gorman, MD
Associate Program Director of Ambulatory Medicine

You Are Invited...

Our community-based program provides a broad mix of patients, supervising physician teachers, staff and venues to our residents. The Johnson City Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center are our community inpatient training sites, where residents are taught by both full-time and voluntary (community) faculty members. The Mountain Home VA Medical Center provides both general internal medicine and subspecialty training delivered by VA-based faculty members. Residents also rotate at four outpatient sites in Johnson City and Kingsport, as well as to a number of private practice offices of our community faculty members.


Our goal of career preparation focuses on producing the best quality, best-prepared, and best-educated residency graduates possible. We embrace the core competencies of internal medicine, and craft our education to assure each resident has a maximal opportunity to excel in these areas. In a world of constantly evolving expectations and requirements, achieving this goal necessitates that we embrace change, identify and create opportunities for improvement, innovate to solve problems and promote advancement, and treat every resident as an individual. Among our most recent additions to the residency include the Academic Half Day (a 4.5 hour series of curricular conferences each week); a resident advisor program; an intense focus on ABIM board exam preparation (including a longitudinal board review, semi-quarterly self-assessment quizzes, a 5-day intensive board review course each June, and provision of core study materials to residents); a new curriculum, infrastructure, and leadership for research and scholarship; and a major initiative in quality, safety, and high-value care education. Our 18 month rotating curriculum allows for more detailed presentations on traditional areas of medical knowledge, case-based discussions, inclusion of sessions from non-physician experts in a variety of clinical care areas, a process-oriented journal club focused on promoting lifelong learning skills, a fully revised curriculum and new leadership for ambulatory care education, and an underlying, pervasive theme of evidence-based medicine in all that we do. Our residents have frequent opportunities to provide feedback and input into the program, through monthly administrative updates, monthly “town hall” meetings, elected ombudsmen, our 4th year chief residents, and several vehicles for both anonymous and credited feedback.


We invite all medical students to learn more about our residency, and hope you will consider our program for the next step in your professional education. Whether you aspire to a career in primary care or hospital-based practice, sub-specialization through fellowship training, clinical academics, or research, the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Quillen College of Medicine can meet your needs in a collegial, comfortable, learner-centered environment in the beautiful Central Appalachian Mountains.