Applications are accepted from college/university students, up to the beginning of the second semester of the sophomore year, who want to become primary care physicians and has spent formative years in a rural or underserved area and possess a desire to return to those areas to practice medicine. You 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 here. Space is limited to 15 college students at each year level.
Must meet these criteria and supply proof when asked:
- Must be accepted to EQUIP prior to the second semester of their sophomore year of college.
- From a rural or underserved community in one of the qualifying counties of Tennessee, Virginia, or North Carolina. See attached list of qualifying counties.
- Overall high school GPA of 3.6 or higher on a scale of 4.0.
Must have acquired at least 40 points from the activities listed below:
- Participation in the summer Rural High School Medical Camp at the Quillen College of Medicine. (20 points)
- Participation in a Remote Area Medical (RAM) event or other health fair. (20 points)
- Shadowing a physician for 20 or more hours. (20 points)
- Volunteer work in a patient care area such as a hospital, long term care facility, EMS, and Physical Therapy for 20 hours or more. (20 points)
- Participation in the Fall Outreach Event for college students. (20 points)
- Participation in high school or college sponsored activities such as athletics, band, and cheerleading. (10 points)
- Hold/Held leadership position in a high school or college sponsored organization. (10 points)
- Worked full-time in a rural community in a leadership position, educational field, health-related field, economic development, or other community service field. (up to 30 points)
- Students may submit additional activities for consideration.
Students must be accepted through the primary application process. The minimum GPA to be considered for EQUIP is 3.4.
- Students will receive a certificate of participation, access to the EQUIP handbook, email alerts to area events, the EQUIP newsletter, and opportunities to participate in EQUIP events for college students.
- Students will receive personal mentoring from a Quillen College of Medicine Rural Primary Care Track medical student.
This four-week experience is for EQUIP college students during the summer between the Sophomore and Junior year. EQUIP students are expected to participate in the Appalachian Preceptorship. While on campus students will stay in dormitories at no cost and attend an AMCAS prep course, have shadowing opportunities and do a focused community needs assessment. Students will spend 3-weeks in a rural community working alongside a physician.
Pre-Medical Rural Health Projects
An opportunity for selected EQUIP students in the summer between the Junior and Senior year to spend four weeks in a rural community working alongside a primary care physician while doing a community needs project. This opportunity is limited to three students per year.
EQUIP will work with the student to identify physician shadowing opportunities in their home community. We ask the student to take an active role in finding their own shadowing opportunity.
Students successfully completing EQUIP, as found in the EQUIP Guidebook, will be granted an interview at the Quillen College of Medicine upon completion of all necessary application materials.