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Rural Programs

Quillen College of Medicine

High School Medical Camp

2020 Rural High School Medical Camp
Sunday-Friday, June 7-12 

In an effort to increase the number of primary care physicians who choose to practice in rural areas, the Department of Family Medicine has sought to have a greater influence upon high school students during a period which is critical to their career determinations. Rural high school students eyeing a career in medicine and the health sciences can get an early glimpse into the field by entering the 14th annual Rural High School Medical Camp, hosted by the James H. Quillen College of Medicine. The camp encourages the students to consider a career that previously may have appeared out of reach and gives them a set of experiences to guide them for preparation for entering medical school.  

The program is organized around a one-week summer camp for up to 24 rural high school students - must be a rising junior, senior or recent graduate. 468 students have participated in the 18 previous camps. During the one-week of didactics, the students are introduced to disciplines of medicine with hands on experience. They are also oriented to campus life, learning about admissions to both East Tennessee State University and the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, financial aid/scholarships, and enjoy some social time in the evenings as well.

Participants will reside on campus, and medical students and college of medicine staff will provide chaperone service 24 hours a day. This year’s programs will include a day in the hospital, field trips, and lectures. Some of the most popular programs have included Gross Anatomy, Suturing,phlebotomy, learning histories and physicals, human simulation lab and public health.

High school students interested in rural medicine - should apply to the program – space is limited. Tuition for the summer program includes room, all meals, entertainment, and transportation. For more information, please contact Carolyn Sliger, MSEH, Rural Programs Coordinator, at 423-439-6737 or .

Out of state counties that border north east Tennessee are eligible and Tennessee students from rural high schools.

Cost of Camp is $225, some scholarships available.

Deadline to apply is March 15th.

Hands on Learning - ETSU Summer Camp Explores Careers in Medicine

Johnson City Press - Sewing Up College Choices: Medical Camp Gives High Schoolers Taste of Profession

View 2017 Didactic Week (PDF Format)

Application for High School Medical Camp




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