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Family Medicine Residency – Big Stone Gap

Lonesome Pine Hospital

Ballad Health’s family practice residency program in Big Stone Gap, VA, is sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Program residents will be trained by expert physicians who are skilled in traditional family practice and hospitalist services. On completion of the program, residents will have the confidence and expertise to deliver care to a variety of patients.

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Benefits & salary

The family residency program boasts a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Family medicine residents also receive time to participate in educational conferences, vacation days and educational allowances based on program year.


The residency program curriculum is 36 months long and meets all residency requirements, including a first-year internship. Our schedule is made for an entire year, and consists of 4 weeks blocks.

Residents work under the guidance of dedicated faculty members, receive hands-on training in a wide range of specialties and have direct involvement in their patients’ care. Residents are also required to do one research project and one quality improvement project. Each resident is assigned a faculty member as a research mentor.

For a well-rounded medical training experience, residents also have access to tertiary care hospitals for rotations in specialized fields, including critical care, cardiology, neurology and neonatology.


As a resident, you will work in a rural setting for primary care training, while also gaining invaluable experience from larger hospitals.

Read about the program locations.

Lonesome Pine Hospital – Big Stone Gap, VA

Lonesome Pine offers various inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour emergency department with 14 beds and three trauma/cardiac rooms. The facility offers inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, physical therapy, pediatrics, wound care, cardiopulmonary and respiratory services, including a four-bed sleep evaluation center.

Holston Valley Medical Center – Kingsport, TN

Holston Valley houses one of Tennessee’s six Level I trauma centers, while its Level III neonatal intensive care unit heals some of the region’s sickest babies. Operating suites a new intensive care unit and expanded emergency and radiology departments were part of a $114 million renovation of the facility.

The Christine LaGuardia Phillips Cancer Center at Holston Valley provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment options. The hospital's breast center is Tennessee’s first hospital-based breast program to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ National Accrediting Program for Breast Centers.


The family practice residency program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Current residents

Meet our current residents

Additional program information

47 residents have completed our family medicine residency program, 14 are currently employed by Ballad Health System.

18 residents are presently enrolled in the residency program.

Our residents have a board pass rate of 99.9 on first attempt.

Affiliated training sites

Lonesome Pine Hospital
Mountain View Regional Medical Center Long Term Care
Holston Valley Medical Center
Bristol Regional Medical Center
Wellmont CVA Bristol
Charleston Area Medical Center
Heritage Hall
Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates
Cutting Edge Dermatology
Watauga Orthopedics
Norton Community OB/GYN
Ballad Health Medical Associates Internal Medicine and Endocrinology
Ballad Health ENT-Otolaryngologist Norton
Norton Community Hospital-Surgery


Designated Institutional Official - Dr. Maurice Nida-He started the Director of Medical Education in 1996 at Norton Community Hospital.  He started here at the Lonesome Program in 2009 when the program began.  Dr. Nida has been a physician since 1993 when he started his first job in Charleston, WVA as a physician.

Program Director - Dr. Derek Harman graduated from the LPH Family Medicine program in 2013 and has been involved in graduate medical education since 2014.

Assistant Program Director - Dr. Alli Delp graduated from the LPH program in 2018.  After graduation, she worked in Lee County as a Primary Care Physician for Ballad Health.

Program Coordinator - Renau Hazlewood has worked for BalladHealth since 1993.  She has a background in nursing as a RN, Quality Improvement and Risk Management. 

Learn more today

Please call (276) 679-7457 to request more information about the family medicine residency program at Ballad Health.