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Family Medicine

Quillen College of Medicine

7th IMG institute

Date:  Not scheduled at this time
Cost:  $1,300

The International Medical Graduate Institute is an intense 3-day program designed to help prepare international medical graduates for placement into U.S. based, primary care oriented residency programs. Emphasis is placed upon skills assessment with teaching and individual feedback. Cultural issues are also addressed. Enrollment is limited to 6 participants per institute.

Department of Family Medicine faculty member involvement with IMG Institute participants is extensive. Half of the registration fee of $1,300 is payable upon acceptance into the program.

Contact Information:

Name: Connie Hixson, M.D. Email:

Name: Bruce Bennard, Ph.D. Email:

Dr Bennard Bruce Bennard, Ph.D.

I am partially retired and Professor Emeritus in our Department where I served as Director of Faculty Development for more than 20 years. I received my graduate degree in Curriculum Development and my Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I also worked in Office of Educational Development in the College of Medicine. I once served in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in the Philippines and I worked in the UNC-CH African Health Training Institutions Project that trained the teachers of health care workers in Africa and the Middle East. These exposures fostered my interest in rural health and the training of international medical graduates. I have been and continue to work as a faculty member in our off campus medical programs. I enjoy studying the Civil War, collecting sea shells, and have a great passion for baseball.


Dr Hixson

Connie Hixson, M.D.

It has been my great pleasure since 1992 to be on the ETSU Faculty in the Department of Family Medicine. I love working with our Residents as they develop into responsive, knowledgeable, skilled, caring physicians. I encourage and support professional development and individual fulfillment in those around me.  I hold a part-time position as a Clinical Instructor at ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport. In my childhood and adulthood, I have enjoyed many multicultural experiences, including working as a teacher for four years in West and East Africa prior to entering medical school.  While a lab instructor at Muhimbili Hospital, University of Dar es Salaam College of Medicine, Tanzania, I realized that I should seek medical training. I graduated from the
University of Utah College of Medicine with Honors in Family Medicine, completed Family Medicine Residency at Duke University School of Medicine, worked in a farming community as a family physician for six years, and since 1988 have been a teacher in family medicine.  After several years in Lexington, Kentucky, my family and I moved to Kingsport, Tennessee. My husband, a cardiologist, and I have raised four children among the welcoming people and beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. I am Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and of the American Academy of Family Physicians. I am an Instructor in ETSUs Communication Skills for Health Professionals multidisciplinary course. Recently, I have provided leadership as the Co-Director of the International Medical Graduate Institute at ETSU, a skills assessment program for international medical graduates. Please email me at .
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