It is never too early to start acquiring clinical experiences, whether by shadowing health care professionals, participating in research, or gaining internship experience. Be sure to ask questions about the profession and ask for referrals to colleagues who practice in other areas that might be of interest to you.
Interested in osteopathic medicine?
You can use the iLEARN program, a service offered by the American Osteopathic Association, to connect with local DOs who are interested in serving as mentors to students.
Locally, Quillen College of Medicine offers a number of shadowing and internship programs:
It is a four-week, full-time program that allows students to participate in four different clinical rotations.
The East Tennessee State University & Ballad Health Medical Horizons program continues to provide those considering a career in medicine with hands on exposure and a firsthand experience in the health professions. This experience is designed to offer rising college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and post baccalaureate students the opportunity to clarify and solidify their desire to enter the healthcare field and provide insight into the medical community represented by ETSU and Ballad Health.
March 8, 2019 Application Deadline
2019 Medical Horizons (June 3 - June 28, 2019)
The biggest impact on me was how unified everyone was in order to help the patient. Medical Horizons Participant
Quillen's Gross Anatomy Lab has, since 2011, given a select number of undergraduate students an opportunity to intern in the lab. This internship allows students hands on experience with cadavers and an in-depth look at anatomy's relevance for medical students.
We welcome all students over the age of 18 to apply by filling out our application form:
Please send the filled out application and a professional resume to both:
- Enrolled full-time in undergraduate courses
Opportunities are offered year round based on the following schedule:
- Summer 2019
- Applications accepted March 25, 2019 through April 26, 2019
- Interviews to be held the week of May 6, 2019
- Cycle starts the week of May 13, 2019 and will end August 9, 2019
- Fall 2019/Spring 2020
- Applications accepted July 1, 2019 through August 2, 2019
- Interviews to be held the week of August 5, 2019
- Cycle starts the week of August 19, 2019 and will end May 8, 2020
My internship in the Gross Anatomy Lab allows me to continuously learn about the human body through hands on practice. It is literally the best way for me to learn and is extremely enjoyable for me! Molly Becker
The summer internship program was developed to provide an exposure to medical education for those interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Students are exposed to many aspects of medical education including the Gross Anatomy lab, Patient Simulation involving residents from many specialties at ETSU, and repair and maintenance of the Human Patient Simulators.
The internship is open to anyone who desires to investigate what is available in medical education. The two prerequisites are that the student is a Sophomore or higher in college, and has a Healthcare or Biomedical concentration. At this time, we are only accepting four or five interns per summer. Semester internships are available to people who are taking a break from their studies during the normal school year.
To obtain more information please contact Jake Drumm via email with a letter of interest and a brief resume.
Rural Health Community Project
The goal is to foster support and encouragement for rural health careers among promising students in the state of Tennessee or surrounding states who are preparing to enter primary care medicine.
Students have the opportunity to work in a rural community under a healthcare provider for six to eight weeks. Students work on a project that addresses an identified community health problem and may handle assignments such as collecting data, interviewing, preparing health education materials, or working in health promotion.
Housing in the Community
A stipend is provided to facilitate housing in the local community. It is an important goal of the project for students to spend time in the community beyond the work day to learn more about the social, economic, and other issues that affect health in that community.
Criteria for Students
- Be enrolled as a rising junior or senior in a college or university
- Be a resident of Tennessee or from a surrounding state
- Have maintained a GPA of at least 3.2 cumulative
- Provide a letter of recommendation from their pre-medical advisor
- Submit an application and a personal statement
Students will be offered an opportunity to indicate a preference for participating in one of the projects.
You can submit the online application or print and mail to: Carolyn Sliger, MSEH, Department of Family Medicine, Box 70621, ETSU Johnson City, TN 37614 or FAX to: (423) 439-2440.
View Presentations of our Pre-Medical Rural Community Health Projects.
Click here to learn more about the Pre-Medical Rural Community Health Project.