ETSU Quillen College of Medicine Takes Top Spot Among Graduates Serving Underserved Rural Areas | Rogersville

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U.S. News & World Report ranked East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine No. 3 in the nation for “medical schools with the most graduates practicing in health professional shortage areas.”

The “Best Graduate School Rankings” released today by US News also ranked Quillen top in several other categories, including:

No. 33 among “medical schools with the most graduates practicing in rural areas”;

No. 34 among “medical schools with the most graduates practicing primary care”; and

#65 in the “Medical Schools: Primary Care” category.

“These rankings underscore the success Quillen College of Medicine has had over the past four decades in meeting the health care needs of underserved people – here in our region and across the country,” said Dr. Kimberly D. McCorkle, provost and senior vice president for academics. “ETSU remains a top destination for aspiring primary care physicians who want to address this critical healthcare need.”

Quillen’s commitment to serving the underserved, primary care, and rural medicine is reflected in its award-winning and popular programs, including the Rural Primary Care Track, Appalachian Preceptorship, and several programs and camps aimed at recruit rural high school students into the medical profession. Additionally, Quillen recently added a new pathway program called EQUIP (Extending Quillen to the Underserved through an Integrated Program) for high school and college students interested in practicing medicine in rural areas.

“These rankings speak to every part of Quillen College of Medicine’s mission, which is to educate future physicians, especially those with an interest in primary care, to practice in underserved rural communities,” said Dr. Bill Block, ETSU Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Dean of Quillen College of Medicine. “The fact that we have been ranked among medical schools nationally is gratifying in itself. However, it is even more special that we have been recognized specifically for areas that align with our mission and values. These rankings reflect the commitment and hard work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

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