Rural Residency Experiences




Residents from any of the ETSU Family Medicine residency programs may spend one or more months learning about rural practice with volunteer faculty in rural private practice or community health centers. Practice sites in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, and Western North Carolina may be selected or emphasis on one or more of the following: Obstetrics, geriatrics, pediatrics, office procedures, or community oriented primary care. (Photo of Rural Programs Region).

Facilitating Practice Searches

Several recruitment activities are coordinated by the department (dinners, electives, and a fair). A rural recruitment dinner for all ETSU residents is co-sponsored by the Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia Primary Care Associations. The Tennessee Annual Medical Recruitment Fair is sponsored by the state in Nashville. Residents and spouses are invited to both events, where they meet with community representatives, physicians, and Primary Care Association staff who are recruiting for a wide variety of community health centers and practices that serve underserved communities.  


Rural clinical experiences are available as elective rotations throughout our region.  These may be one month block rotations of longitudinal clinical experiences several days of the month in the second and third years of residency.  The Rural Partnership supports Tennessee's rural rotations.  GMEC/AHGC supports rural rotations for Southwest Virginia.

Residents from any of the ETSU Family Medicine residency programs may spend one or more months learning about rural practice with volunteer faculty in rural private practice or community health centers. Practice sites in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, and Western North Carolina may be selected or emphasis on one or more of the following: Obstetrics, geriatrics, pediatrics, office procedures, or community oriented primary care. (Photo of Rural Programs Region).

The Rural Didactic Curriculum

Quarterly conferences are devoted to topics which are uniquely rural.  Annually PGYII residents take a road trip to rural clinical sites.