Research and Clinical Opportunities

The Appalachian Preceptorship in Primary Care - Rural Practice Experience


The Appalachian Preceptorship is designed to expose medical students to rural primary care practiced in a manner sensitive to the culture. Students will participate in one week of didactic sessions on the ETSU campus and spend three weeks with a rural physician practicing in an Appalachian community. Students will benefit from the cross-cultural experience, whether they choose to practice in Appalachia, urban areas or other communities throughout the nation.

This elective is approved for credit as a required ambulatory or family medicine rotation, or as a senior elective. Students that have completed their first year of medical school through their fourth year are eligible.

Students will spend three weeks with a physician practicing in a rural Appalachian community. The preceptors are dedicated to excellence in patient care and community relationships, and they serve as role models for students. The nature of the clinical and community involvement will vary based on the student's level of training and interest, as well as the individual characteristics of the practice.