EQUIP (Extending Quillen to the Underserved through an Integrated Program) is a specially designed program to identify and mentor students from rural and underserved areas who are interested in attending East Tennessee State University-Quillen College of Medicine. The program accepts students in their final two years of high school and prior to the second semester of their sophomore year of college.
The mission of EQUIP is to identify, mentor and educate students to become primary care physicians committed to rural and underserved medicine.
Who is Eligible?
Students in their junior or senior year of high school and college students prior to the second semester of their sophomore year of college who want to become primary care physicians and have spent formative years in a rural or underserved area and have a desire to return to those areas to practice medicine. The student must be from a rural area in one of the designated counties of Tennessee, Virginia, or North Carolina. Interested students must meet the minimum criteria found on the application webpage. Space is limited to 30 junior and 30 thirty senior high school students and 15 college students at each year level.
What are the Opportunities for Participants?
Cost of the Program
There is no cost to be a part of EQUIP, nor attend any Quillen College of Medicine EQUIP sponsored activities. Lodging is usually provided in the University dormitories at no cost. The student will be responsible for travel and food costs.
How do I Apply?
Rural and Community Programs Facilitator, Equip Coordinator
Tom Kincer, MD
Associate Dean for Rural and Community Programs