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Department of Internal Medicine

Quillen College of Medicine

Residency 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.

Diedre Pierce, MDJames W. Myers, MD
Professor, Director, Fellowship Program

Diane Nunley-Gorman, MDDiana Nunley-Gorman, MD,
Professor, Associate Program Director of Ambulatory Medicine

Mehdi Pourmorteza, DO Mehdi Pourmorteza, DO
Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director of General Internal Medicine, Veteran Affairs

Debolina Das, MDDebalina Das, MD
Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director of General Internal Medicine

You Are Invited...

Our community-based program provides a broad mix of patients, supervising physician teachers, staff and venues to our residents. Johnson City Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center are our community inpatient training sites. Residents receive instruction from 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 ETSU Internal Medicine outpatient sites in Johnson City and Kingsport, and to a number of private practice offices staffed by 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 ensure 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.

Our residency educational curriculum includes the Academic Half Day (a 5-hour block of curricular conferences each week). Both an inpatient and continuity clinic daily curriculum has been added. Also adopted after resident planning was an “Intern Boot Camp” to help prepare our newest trainees for the rigors of a multi-site residency program, enhance their documentation skills, and let them experience true system-based practice with senior residents. Additional new curriculum, infrastructure, and leadership for research and scholarship has allowed us to quadruple our scholarly activities over the past 3 years; Quality, safety and high-value care topics have been addressed by our resident performance improvement committee and are now emphasized in our curriculum as well as at all sites with business of medicine topics included. Our residents have frequent opportunities to provide feedback and input into the program, through monthly administrative updates, regularly scheduled town hall meetings, elected ombudsmen, our 4th year chief residents, and several other vehicles for both anonymous and credited feedback. Simulation Lab monthly topics have been well-received, as have the bedside physical exam skill sessions at out Johnson City and Veteran’s Administration sites.

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.

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