Pre-Medical Rural Community Health Project
The goal is to foster support and encouragement for rural health careers among promising students in the state of Tennessee who are preparing to enter primary care medicine.
This program provides the opportunity for three to four premedical students and one other health profession student to work in a rural community under a health care provider for a period of three to five weeks.
Students work on a project, chosen by the health care provider, that addresses an identified community health problem. Students may handle assignments such as collecting data, interviewing, preparing health education materials, or working in health promotion. In addition to the non-clinical project activities, the student will have some contact with a primary care physician to shadow and observe. Contacts with other primary care health professional are also encouraged.
Housing in the Community
A stipend is provided to facilitate housing the student with in the local community. It is an important goal of the project for students to spend time in the community beyond the work day to learn more about the social, economic, and other issues that affect health in that community. Each project assists the student in finding affordable local housing. An additional mileage reimbursement may be available for students who will have project related travel.
Criteria for Students
- Be enrolled as rising junior or senior in a college or university.
- Be a resident of Tennessee.
- Have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.2 cumulative.
- Provide a letter of recommendation form from their premedical advisor.
- Submit an application including your personal statement.
Students will be offered an opportunity to indicate a preference for participating in one of the projects. The final determination of site-student will be under the direction of Joe Florence, M.D., Director of Rural Programs, Department of Family Medicine, East Tennessee State University.
Students selected will be required, as a group, to meet with the Rural Programs Coordinator prior to starting the summer Premed Projects. In addition to a brief written evaluation by the preceptor and students, the project director will complete an exit interview with each student on the ETSU main campus in August. The students will at this time, also present an oral presentation of their summers project to their preceptors and the Rural Programs Coordinator and Director.
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