No cost or contracts required.
We provide a Stipend Program and even take care of travel expenses for interviews.
No cost or contracts required.
Making a difference in TN rural healthcare
Tennessee Rural Partnership’s mission is to maximize access to primary health care in rural and underserved areas of Tennessee.
We are a private non-profit organization established in 2006 to address the increasing challenges of providing healthcare in rural and underserved areas across the state. TRP is funded through contracts with the four Tennessee medical schools with primary care residency programs: the University of Tennessee, Meharry Medical College, East Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt University. In 2012 TRP became an operating subsidiary of Tennessee Hospital Association, enabling us to expand our goal to maximize access to primary care in rural and underserved areas of Tennessee. TRP has successfully placed 70+ primary care providers in Tennessee communities.
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FAQ for Practice Sites
Why should a practice site work with Tennessee Rural Partnership?
There is no cost for this service and no contract is required. Tennessee Rural Partnership’s goal is to connect clinicians with practice sites in rural and underserved areas. There is no obligation or risk to entering your information in our system.
What disciplines are available from TRP?
We focus on primary care physicians [family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, pediatricians, obstetrics/gynecology], nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. We do, however, have other disciplines in our system: hospitalists, general surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other specialties that you may need. While those candidates are limited, we will match them to your opportunity if they are available.
What does it mean when you sayTRP is candidate-center?
Tennessee Rural Partnership only releases candidate information with their explicit approval. We match your requirements with candidate qualifications and preferences. Job profiles are provided to only the candidates that match your needs. Only when the candidate requests to be referred to an opportunity will their information be sent to that hiring entity.
How is TRP different?
- There is no cost or contract required for our services.
- Our staff works with you and establishes a personal relationship with both you and the candidate to ensure that both of your needs are met.
- TRP assists candidates with travel expenses for the interview process, and we offer our own stipend program.
- Our mission is maximizing access to rural health, so all of our efforts go into this work.
How can I help TRP attract candidates to my position?
Give us as much as information as possible both about your practice site and about your community. When you enter your information using our Submit an Opportunity form, use the comments section to provide details: salary range, benefits package, what it’s like to work in at your site, its staff, its location, the features of your community. Send pictures and any supplemental brochures, etc. that will help entice candidates to your location.
What happens once I enter my job on the TRP web site?
- As candidates enter their information into our system, they make selections about their preferred location, type of practice, salary needs, etc. TRP matches those needs with your opportunity profile.
- If there are no candidates matching your needs at this time, we will keep watching for candidates that meet your specifications.
- When we find a candidate whose specifications match your position, we will send your profile to the candidate for their review.
- If the candidate is interested in your position, he/she gives us permission to share their profile with you. When the profiles are sent, you will receive the name and contact information of a TRP staff person that you will notify with any questions and with follow-up information.
- When you receive a candidate profile from us, please contact the candidate directly and do the following:
- Contact the candidate within 10 business days.
- Inform your TRP staff contact within 10 business days that you have contacted the candidate and the outcome: no interest, interested and will follow-up, interested and have/will schedule interview; have hired (specify start date).
- If you go into contract negotiations with the candidate, regularly inform your TRP staff contact of the progress, when the contract has been signed, and the start date.
Please notify us within 15 business days when any practice opportunity you have listed with us has been filled or is no longer active. Always remember to post your new opportunities using our opportunity submission form.
FAQ for Clinicians
Why should a clinician work with Tennessee Rural Partnership?
There is no cost for this service and no contract is required. Tennessee Rural Partnership helps connect clinicians with communities in rural and underserved areas. If you have a commitment to rural or underserved practice, we have established relationships with job opportunities in these areas. There is no obligation or risk to entering your information in our system. We must have your permission before we share your profile with any practice site.
What disciplines do you work with?
We focus on primary care physicians (family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, pediatricians, obstetrics/gynecology), nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Most of the sites we work with are seeking these disciplines. We do, however, have occasional openings for hospitalists, general surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other specialties that a small rural hospital or clinic may need. While those opportunities are limited, we will match you with those opportunities if they are available.
What types of opportunities are available?
Our practice opportunities vary at any given time, but include: federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, county health departments, private practices that accept TennCare and uninsured patients, critical access hospitals, hospital-based practices in rural and urban underserved areas, and faith-based clinics.
Does Tennessee Rural Partnership give my information to practice sites or others?
Tennessee Rural Partnership only releases information with your explicit approval. Community and job profiles are provided to candidates for review, and in turn TRP conducts the “matching” process. Only when you request to be referred to a practice site will your information be released to that hiring entity. We do not sell your information, and we do not give your information to anyone without your approval.
How is TRP different?
We assign a Recruitment Coordinator to work with you personally to help you find a practice site that meets both your needs and the needs of the site. TRP assists candidates with travel expenses for the interview process, and we offer our own stipend program. We build relationships with practice sites in rural and underserved areas of the state so that we can match you with these areas of need.
Tell me more about practice incentives.
Click on our TRP Stipend Program tab and Programs & Incentives tab to find out more about what incentives are available to clinicians who work in rural and underserved communities in Tennessee.
Stories About Working in Rural
“Working with the Tennessee Rural partnership has been a great experience. I have known since college that I wanted to practice family medicine in a rural community. When I was reintroduced to the Tennessee Rural Partnership program during my first year of residency, I realized what an asset it was for future rural clinicians. I had the privilege of attending the first annual Tennessee Rural Perspectives Weekend. And that event allowed me the opportunity to get to know more about rural practice and what the Tennessee Rural Partnership is all about. I look forward to working with the staff to find my ideal practice site in rural Tennessee.”
“There is an awareness of both the expense of medical education and the pay discrepancy between primary care providers and specialists…The Tennessee Rural Partnership helps bridge this gap by allowing recipients to reduce their debt.”
The TN Rural Partnership was a true blessing when I was completing my residency. Thanks to the TRP, I am in a small practice in rural TN and couldn‘t be happier. And I can’t even begin to describe how helpful the stipend has been. It took a tremendous burden off me and my wife as we continue to use it to pay off our student debt.
“I am so happy to be a part of the Tennessee Rural Health Partnership Stipend Program. This program will allow me to pay off my loans so much faster than I would have anticipated! I’m also joining a wonderful pediatric primary care practice when I finish residency. The support of Tennessee Rural Partnership has made the financial stresses and burdens that come with finishing residency so much easier. Thank you!”
“Your team is amazing, and the work you guys do impacts lives. We received a call Friday from a very excited physician who has decided to make Harton Regional his home. We would like to personally thank you for the work that you guys do in helping hospitals like Harton Regional.”