Clinicians Interested in Exploring Rural Practice Opportunities
What is Tennessee Rural Partnership (TRP)?
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 by 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 100+ primary care providers in Tennessee communities.
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.
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