Rural Fellowship Program
||The purpose of the rural partnership is to
assist in the recruitment, placement, and the retention of the
physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and
other health professionals in Tennessee's rural counties.
Medical residents in a primary care residency program
at any other following four medical schools, East Tennessee State
University Quillen College of Medicine, meharry Medical College,
The university of Tennessee College of Medicine, or Vanderbilt
University College of Medicine are eligible to participate in the
graduate medical education primary care residents stipend program.
Working with the Tennessee bureau of tenncare, the rural
partnerships stipend task force members revamped the stipend award
application and participation process and increased the amount
primary care physicians may receive from 15000 to 25000
The East Tennessee State University Rural Fellowship trains
physicians in the unique aspects of medicine encountered in rural
health care delivery.
The Rural Medicine Fellowship is a PGY-4 program for physicians who
desire additional preparation for enhanced practice skills and
experience or to prepare for an academic career in rural medicine.
Fellows tailor their experience to their areas of interest.
Opportunities include, but are not limited to: endoscopy and
colonoscopy, treadmills, rural family practice rotations with and
without obstetrics, dermatology, emergency preparedness, fine
needle aspiration, community and public health, rural practice
management, teaching, curriculum development, precepting techniques
Faculty assist each fellow to design curriculum to meet individual
needs. Graduates of the program are prepared to initiate and
maintain successful rural practices, organize instructional
programs in rural medicine, conduct original research, and manage
community health promotion and intervention programs at the local
or state level.
Two PGY-4 fellowship positions are offered annually. The fellowship
consists of one year of training after completion of a family
medicine, internal medicine, or pediatric residency and includes
clinical and administrative experiences in a rural health or public
health center with additional activities tailored to meet
An MPH degree is also available though the
Department of Public Health
. Applicants must be
board certified or eligible and must have a current Tennessee
license prior to starting the fellowship.
Fellowship Application Process