Medical Students

Rural Primary Care Track (RPCT)

This program option, available to those who have been admitted to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to medical education in a rural setting. The Department of Family Medicine provides the primary educational focus for the medical students in this elective track.


Third Year Clerkship Rural Health Fairs


The Department of Family Medicine provides all third-year medical students with a three day rural clinical experience as part of rotations in family medicine. During the health fairs the students take histories, perform physical examinations, provide patient education in preventive health and conduct screening services. Additionally, medical students provide health promotion and disease prevention training at local schools. Family medicine resident, fellows, and faculty serve as supervisors/teachers of the students and provide direct patient services as required. The health fairs are supported by the Department of Family Medicine and the community, organized with community planning groups across Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and are held six times per year. (Photo of third-year medical students at the 2009 Health Fair in Morristown,TN).


Senior Rural Family Medicine Elective

Students wishing to experience rural family medicine may spend up to four-weeks with a rural physician in the Southern Appalachian Region. Practices may be selected that emphasize one or more of the following: obstetrics, geriatrics, pediatrics, migrant farm workers, or community oriented primary care. It is possible to combine two weeks of rural practice experience with two weeks at one of the departments Family Medicine Residency programs in Bristol, Kingsport, or Johnson City.


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Appalachian Preceptorship Program

The Appalachian Preceptorship Program is designed to expose medical student from across the country to rural primary care practice in a manner sensitive to the culture Students participating during the summer will spend three weeks with a clinical preceptor in a rural Southern Appalachian community and one week on the ETSU campus in concentrated, interactive educational sessions. The sessions include Appalachian history and economics, rural health issues, cultural and medicine issues, alternative health systems, and interviewing from a cultural and personal perspective.
The Preceptorship is open to students who have completed their first, second, or third year of medical school and are interested in family medicine. This elective fills requirements as an ambulatory or family medicine rotation, a senior elective in family medicine, or as a work-study program for pre-clinical students. Application deadline is March 15. 

Quillen College of Medicine Students
Non-Quillen College of Medicine Students