Introduction to Rural Primary Care Track
Years of hard work, and a lot of studying, paid off for dozens of graduating medical students across the county.
You can just imagine the anticipation and nerves, as ETSU Quillen College of Medicine students opened up their "match" letters Friday, to find out where they will be going for residency training.
The East Tennessee State University Rural Primary Care Track (RPCT) is a 4-year community-based experiential curriculum whose core goals emphasize community, rural culture, interdisciplinary team interactions and leadership development. Rural Medicine is at the very heart of the mission of the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.
- Began in 1992 in Johnson and Hawkins counties, as a result of a grant by the Kellogg Foundation and continues as a key initiative at ETSU.
- Comprised of health science colleges (medical and undergraduate nursing, public health students) in interdisciplinary teams.
- Experiences are community / patient-oriented with lots of time for feedback and discussion by rural faculty.
- Teaches community-based participatory research, community assessment, program planning & evaluation skills.
- The educational experiences occur in rural communities located approximately a one-hour drive from the main campus.
- Available to all students who have been admitted to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine.
- This program is ideal for students who prefer early rural clinical and community experiences.
- 74% of Rural Primary Care Track students are from rural counties.
Of the medical graduates who have completed the RPCT curriculum:
- 78% have chosen primary care residency training.
- 48% chose to stay in Tennessee for residency training
Reflections on the RPCT experience from David Meyer, Quillen graduate click here.
Of the first 25 Rural Primary Care Track graduates who have completed their residencies:
- Twenty (80%) are now in practice in towns of less than 25,000 persons.
- Thirteen practice in Tennessee.
- Five practice in rural counties in Kentucky, North Carolina,Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Four are members of the ETSU faculty.
For additional information about RPCT or any of our Programs contact:
Tom Kincer, M.D.
Associate Dean of Rural and Community Programs
Joseph Florence, M.D.
Rural Programs Director
RPCT, Rural Programs
James H. Quillen College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70412
Johnson City, TN, 37614.