Rural Fellowship Program

Landscape in rural east tennessee 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 annually. 

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 and research.

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 individual interests.

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.
Overview
Rural Fellowship Application Process
Fellowship Benefits
Training Rotations
Rural Fellowship Graduates