Joseph Freeman


This is My Story

I grew up in a small town close to Memphis and decided to stay close to home for college at the University of Memphis. After graduating college I worked at the Church Health as a scribe before getting into UT College of Medicine. Working at Church Health really proved to me that I was on the right path and was doing what I was destined to do.

Resident Facts


Hometown Covington, TN
Undergraduate Degree Bachelor of Science, Biology; University of Memphis; Memphis, TN
Medical Degree Doctorate of Medicine; UTHSC College of Medicine; Memphis, TN
Why did you choose Baptist?

Before medical school, I worked at Church Health as a scribe so I knew about all the wonderful things that go on there. So when it came time to start interviewing for residency positions, I knew they would be high on my list. Their recent affiliation with Baptist only strengthened my desire to be a part of their organization. Being from a small town outside of Memphis, many of my family members come to Baptist when they are in need. I have personally witnessed the amazing impact Baptist can have on patients and I am honored to be a part of the Baptist/Church Health team.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?

Currently I am on my OB rotation so there is a lot of non-exciting down time followed by periods of pandemonium. The hours can be tough to being away from family and friends but it is very rewarding to be there for a family on one of the most memorable days of their life.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?

The people. I feel like for the most part, the citizens of Memphis are great people who really just want to see the city improve and will go the extra mile to make it happen.

Personal interests outside of the residency program (golf, weight lifting, scrap booking, etc.)

Being with family and friends. Golf, basketball, weightlifting, anything active.

Married? Any children?

Married for 7 year, expecting our first child in December!

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?

My mother and father are both in the medical field as a nurse and paramedic. From very early on in life I would listen in at dinner on conversations about their day and the things they had seen. They would always light up talking about what they had experienced that day. I practically grew up in the ambulance bay and the hospital break room around people who were making a difference and had enthusiasm and I knew this is what I was destined to do.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a perspective applicant?

If you want a typical residency experience where you will do what every other resident has done for 50 years, this might not be the residency for you. But, if you want to be a part of something new and actually have a say in the direction of the residency, then we may be perfect for you. I have a feeling we are creating something very special here.