Program to fast-track med school to send doctors to rural TN

Jun 23, 2017

As several state lawmakers look on, Meharry Medical College President James Hildreth, seated left, and Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee sign a partnership Thursday, June 22, at a State Capitol ceremony.
Credit MTSU photo by Andy Heidt
  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

The Tennessean reports that Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College announced the partnership Thursday. Students accepted into the program will earn a bachelor's degree from MTSU in three years, followed by three years of medical school at Meharry. Tuition will be subsidized by $750,000 in state funding. Students who complete the program must agree to work for at least two years in the parts of Tennessee hit hardest by the state's physician shortage.

The public-private partnership brokered by school and state leaders is the first of its kind in the state. MTSU and Meharry anticipate 20-25 students will be accepted in the first batch for enrollment in fall 2018.