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Welcome to our Division of Graduate Medical Education. Were excited to have you learn more about our three great residencies and our rural fellowship program, all located here in the beautiful mountains of eastern Tennessee.

Beth Anne Fox, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP

Director of Graduate Medical Education


Each of our residency programs is fully accredited by both the ACGME and the AOA, and all provide integrated training to both allopathic and osteopathic residents. Our experienced and enthusiastic faculty love to teach and our dedicated and friendly staff help to make each residents journey an exciting and well supported experience.

All of our residency faculty are actively involved in teaching the art of delivering community-focused, evidence-based, patient-centered care. Their many special interests include women's health, sports medicine, geriatrics, palliative care, rural medicine, complementary medicine, and practice management. Quillen College of Medicines state of the art, high definition human patient simulator is utilized by all three programs as part of the core curriculum.

Although our residencies are close geographically and share the common administrative support of our department, each is a unique program with its own particular strengths and personality.

In addition to the diversity of the programs themselves, each of the Tri Cities has its own flavor.

Bristol, the official Birthplace of Country Music, is steeped in history and marked by the Tennessee/Virginia state line which runs right down the middle of State Street, downtown. The Rhythm and Roots Reunion music festival draws large crowds from around the world every fall, and Border Bash Great on State Street offers a variety of music throughout the summer months. Bristol is also the home of the world's fastest half mile track, Bristol Motor Speedway - NASCAR's most popular racetrack.

Johnson City is the home of East Tennessee State University and boasts of lots of fun adventures and cultural activities for the whole family. Fun Expedition, Doe River Gorge Day Quests, Brights Zoo, Hands On Regional Children's Museum, Wetlands Water Park, and the Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum are just some of the many attractions. The International Storytelling Center in nearby Jonesborough hosts the world famous Storytelling Festival every fall while, for music lovers, the Blue Plum Festival in early June is always a big hit.

Kingsport is home to Symphony of the Mountains, the Kingsport Ballet, and MeadowView Resort and Convention Center. Bays Mountain Park, Tennessee's largest city-owned park, is a 3,500 acre preserve complete with a 44 acre lake, a nature center with live animal displays, and a state of the art planetarium. Warriors Path State Park and the Kingsport Greenbelt offer additional outdoor recreational opportunities, while the Downtown Kingsport Concert Series and annual FunFest festival are popular summertime activities.

Only by exploring all three residency programs will you get the full sense of all that they have to offer.Our rural fellowship program offers a flexible curriculum and wide variety of experiences designed to meet the individual needs of the fellows. For more information see the Rural Programs section of our Department's website.

We are proud of our successes in helping to meet the needs, not only of rural Appalachia, but of the rest of our nation as well. We have graduates practicing across the country, from small towns to large cities, in practices that exemplify the diversity that is family medicine. U. S. News and World Report has consistently ranked our department as one of the top twenty departments of family medicine, and ETSU as one of the top schools for rural medicine. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine
demonstrated that ETSU ranked number one among all U.S. medical school in the nation for producing primary care physicians, and number twelve on a social mission scale.

We hope that you find these web pages helpful and that you might be interested in becoming a part of our team. Come for a visit, experience a senior elective, or participate in our one-of-a-kind Appalachian Preceptorship with us. We think you will be pleasantly surprised by all that we have to offer.

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