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  • ACGME: 999470001
  • NRMP: 2252999P0

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Welcome from our Program Director

We are grateful for your interest in our Transitional Year Residency at TriStar Centennial Medical Center! We believe the quality, community, and opportunity of our program will enable you to succeed, whatever your professional goals.

Our Transitional Year Residency Program is based at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, a thriving and innovative hospital situated in the dynamic city of Nashville. This large, tertiary care medical center boasts a high volume of diverse patients, efficient delivery of care, highly-skilled providers, state-of-the-art facilities and a collegial, inclusive culture. We have exceptional and diverse faculty, who are deeply committed to hands-on teaching of our residents.

Mission Statement

The TriStar Centennial Transitional Year Residency Program's mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.

As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding their perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.

Program Overview

Our Transitional Year Residency is like a crossroads for young physicians and we intend to put you on the path to professional success by providing the resources necessary for you to grow as a physician, consultant, researcher and teacher.

Whether you are transitioning to another residency elsewhere or staying on for one of our own categorical residency programs, we will instill in you the fundamental clinical skills and the professional mindset needed to succeed in the future.

Our Program Director

William Maynard, MD
Program Director

Program details

Curriculum highlights and rotation schedule

In our program, residents' rotation schedule provides exposure to core medical specialties plus electives in subspecialties including:

  • 8 weeks of inpatient medicine
  • 8 weeks of ambulatory (resident clinic)
  • 4 weeks of emergency medicine
  • 4 weeks of medical intensive care unit
  • 4 weeks of cardiology
  • 4 weeks of neurology
  • 20 weeks of electives (five-week blocks)
  • Electives currently available — Anesthesia, dermatology, general surgery, leadership, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychology, radiology

Conference schedule

The TriStar Centennial Transitional Year Residency Program will provide residents with a robust didactic curriculum, which encompasses lectures, small groups, workshops, simulations, and structured opportunities for evaluation of clinical acumen and procedural skills through mock codes, OSCEs, and simulation.


Residents' daily activities include:

  • Morning huddle — 7:30am to 8:30am
  • Attending rounds — typically start 8:30am to noon
  • Presentations — patients are presented to the attending physician
  • Bedside teaching — regularly included in attending rounds
  • Specialty cases — occasionally, specialty cases are presented for discussion, depending upon the interests of the attending physician
  • Learning activities — including the physical exam, a discussion of particular medical diseases, psychosocial and ethical themes, and management issues


Residents meet once per week for the following:

  • Noon conferences — Conferences include monthly themes on various specialty medicine topics. All residents on inpatient floor teams and electives are expected to attend.
  • Yale Office-Based Medicine Curriculum — This curriculum covers a wide span of primary care topics and provides both an evidence-based approach for what house staff might encounter as well as updates on new developments in therapy or standards of care.


Monthly activities for residents include:

  • Grand rounds
  • Journal club (held in conjunction with evidence-based medicine meetings)
  • Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) Conference

Salary & Benefits

Access to health, dental, vision and disability insurance is made available to residents on the first day of employment.


For the 2022-2023 academic year PGY-1 residents are paid $58,677 plus a one-time $1,000 stipend for orientation and an additional $950 stipend for meals (less applicable taxes and withholdings).


PGY-1 residents enjoy the following benefits, including:

  • Leave — Four weeks (20 days), Annual paid time off (vacation, sick and any other time away from work)
  • Insurance — Access to health, dental and vision on day one of employment
  • Technology — Laptops and iPhones provided
  • Study materials — Step 3 study materials including a subscription to UWorld or Combank
  • Exam fees — Step 3 exam fees fully reimbursed upon documentation of a passing score report
  • Lab coats — Two embroidered lab coats provided
  • Curriculum support — Structured research curriculum including but not limited to clinical research, journal club preparation, quality improvement projects, book chapters, and review articles
  • Parking — Secure on-site parking
  • Board study materials — Board study materials provided, such as: MKSAP, NEJM Knowledge+ and UWorld
  • HCA resources — Digital library, dedicated GME evidence base medical medicine, exam prep and curricula
  • Professional memberships — Paid society memberships
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Surrounding community

Nashville, Tennessee, is a vibrant community of 1.6 million people. Teeming with creative energy, especially in the arts and music, Nashville is also a center of innovation in medicine. The city provides a tremendous work-life balance, combining a rooted, down-home hospitality with cosmopolitan diversity. World-class entertainment, sports, and dining combine perfectly with easy access to the outdoors, reasonable commutes, and mild weather.


We received our initial accreditation on June 15, 2022.

Graduates must have completed medical school no more than one (1) year before the start of the program.

We currently only accept J-1 visa applicants.

Not at the moment of your application. We do request that you submit an ECFMG Status Report with your ERAS common application.

No prior failures of Step 1 or 2, and COMLEX 1 or 2. Cut-off scores for USMLE and COMLEX include:

  • USMLE 1: 218
  • USMLE 2: 234
  • COMLEX1: 458
  • COMLEX 2: 484

Our residents are active participants in regional and national events that foster research and scholarly activities. Our faculty members work very closely with residents to encourage publications and research according to the residents' areas of interest. We expect residents to complete a minimum of one quality improvement project prior to graduation. Our program also organizes a research week each September to promote and acknowledge the research results within the TriStar Centennial Medical Center GME division.