Our Program

How to Apply

Our program accepts applications through ERAS September 27 – November 15. We will interview approximately eight candidates for each available position (n=13) for a total of 108 interviews. Only complete applications will be considered for interview selection. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis as determined by the program director; no communication is necessary to request an exception. Complete and submit your residency application using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Include these supporting documents:

  • Copy of diploma from your medical school/other post graduate education (if applicable).

  • Official medical school transcript: Transcripts must indicate degree earned and date conferred from each medical school/other post graduate education (if applicable) or progress to date.

  • Documentation of any prior post-graduate training within or outside of the US.

  • Curriculum vitae: Describe your activities with professional societies, publications and any other relevant information about your education or experience.

  • Letters of recommendation: Three original letters of recommendation from physicians or faculty members who are thoroughly familiar with your work. Each letter should include the writer’s opinion of your professional, academic, and personal qualifications, as well as an opinion of your potential success in the field for which you’re applying.

  • Personal statement of professional goals: The personal statement may be used to personalize your application to a specific program or different specialties. There is no limit to how many personal statements you may create; however, you may only assign one (1) for each program.

  • Photo: Dimensions – 2.5 in. x 3.5 in., resolution 150dpi, file size 100kb.

  • MSPE (Medical School Performance Evaluation or “Dean’s Letter”): Provide a copy of the summary letter from the dean’s office of your medical school/other post graduate education (if applicable). If you receive an appointment, official copies will be requested.

  • Official test transcripts for all applicable examinations: USMLE, LMCC, COMLEX, NBOME, FMGEMS, FLEX, or NBME.

  • Valid ECFMG certification (Status Report): The ECFMG Status Report confirms your ECFMG Certification status. This document is required if you graduated from a medical school outside the US or Canada.

Applicant Resources


Tennova Health is planning virtual interviews at this time to occur between October 16 and December 18 with a few more potential sites in January added as needed. Those selected to interview will be contacted by email.

If invited to interview, our program coordinator will provide a link to Thalamus wherein you can self-schedule your interview day with us. All invited applicants will also have the opportunity to join us on-site at an Open House. The Open House social event will be scheduled through Thalamus as well.

Should you need to reschedule, please feel free to do so at your leisure up to one week prior to your scheduled date. To be respectful of everyone’s time, we cannot reschedule interviews that are less than a week away.

Selection Criteria

Tennova Health – Knoxville’s Internal Medicine Residency Program selects residents on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as character, motivation, and integrity. Our Internal Medicine Residency Program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, color, national origin, disability, veteran status or religious affiliation.

As this is our first year, we are concentrating our selection and interviewing criteria to recruit and match residents who enjoy leadership positions and the opportunity to work with hospital and program leadership to build an inclusive clinical and educational work environment that becomes our collective legacy for resident and faculty physicians to appreciate for years to come.

Match Process

Tennova Health’s Internal Medicine Residency Program participates in the NRMP Match for filling all PGY1 positions. Our NRMP Code is 2335140C5. As such, we abide by the NRMP Codes of Conducts and Policies/Procedures. Should you have a question following interview, please feel free to reach out.

We are happy to answer questions, but will refrain from any form of post-interview communication that could be construed as illegal signaling.

Onboarding & Orientation

Matched applicants will receive an email to the address listed in the ERAS application. This email will include important information regarding onboarding and orientation. Onboarding will occur in New Innovations using a checklist with each step given a deadline. Please adhere to the deadlines to ensure your training starts on July 1.

Tennova Health hosts a one-week orientation the last week of June. Specific dates and details will be provided following Match Day. During orientation, you will receive the tools and training needed to successfully begin your first year of residency at our program.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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