Internal Medicine Residency Program
“Growing Future Physicians to Transform the Health of Rural & Underserved Communities!”
Henry County Medical Center is the Recipient of the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration Rural Residency Program Development Grant. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD) grantees are developing new rural residency programs or Rural Training Tracks (RTT) in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, or Psychiatry.
About the Residency Program
Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution, integrated health care organization committed to serving the health care needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.
Comprised of a 142-bed hospital, the 136-bed Henry County Healthcare Center (providing residential care and the Plumley Rehabilitation Unit), an Emergency Medical Service, an off-site Center for Wellness & Rehabilitation and a Home Health and Hospice service, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services as well as inpatient care, and serves Henry and the surrounding counties.
Henry County Medical Center is one of eight hospitals in the United States to receive a grant in 2020 to begin a rural residency program. HCMC has partnered with Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Medicine (LMUDCOM) to develop the new internal medicine residency program. HCMC received the three year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to build its residency program and reach accreditation.
Henry County is a designated primary care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and mental health HPSA. Tennessee ranks first in the nation for closure of rural hospitals per capita. Since 2010, there have been 12 rural hospital closures, including at least five rural hospital closures in West Tennessee.
In 2020 our leaders shared a vision to train medical students and residents to become local physicians. HCMC is a core site for Lincoln Memorial University- Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. This places third- and fourth-year medical students doing clinical rotations in the hospital and community. HCMC also has a strong affiliation and serves as a clinical site for Bethel University Physician Assistant Program. The vision will become an even greater reality with the opening of a dedicated internal medicine residency program at Henry County Medical Center in 2023.
HCMC is currently seeking preceptors for both our medical student and residency programs. HCMC plans to accept residents into our program in August 2023. The mission of the program is “Growing Future Physicians to Transform the Health of Rural and Underserved Communities.”
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Here at Henry County Medical Center we recognize that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are extremely important and are at the foundation of what we do on a daily basis. We value our diverse patient population and we strive to make our workforce equally as diverse. Increased diversity brings different perspectives and, therefore, enables us to give the best care possible to our patients.
Henry County Medical Center is committed to recruiting and training a diverse group of residents and physicians. We seek to provide high-quality clinical care by creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of patients we serve. We embrace diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, (dis)ability, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and veteran status, among other forms of diversity. We strive to create an inclusive community where all feel welcome and supported. Women, persons of color, those from backgrounds under-represented in medicine, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
About the Community
Learn more about Paris, TN and all the jewels it has to offer. Paris is a growing city with a four-phased economy of agriculture, tourism, industry and retail trade. Located mid-way between Nashville and Memphis, Paris is the Southern Gateway to the Land-Between-the-Lakes National Outdoor Area. Paris is the home of the “World’s Biggest Fish Fry”, which is held the last full week of April each year to focus attention on Kentucky Lake and the many recreational and tourist facilities it has to offer. Henry County Medical Center is the largest employer in the county and the medical hub for this area.
Recent Research and Scholarly Activity
Mengistu Yemane, M.D., Director of the Hospitalist Program at Henry County Medical Center, has been accepted into the Training to Teach in Medicine program at Harvard University Medical School.
The Harvard University Medical School Training to Teach in Medicine is a six-month online certificate program taught by distinguished Harvard University Medical School faculty for clinician-educators, instructors and faculty from across the globe.
This contemporary program integrates traditional and novel pedagogic methods, skills-based training, two live virtual workshops, online learning modules, individual and team projects, as well as a final capstone project to benefit your home institution.
To learn more about the program or becoming a preceptor, call the program coordinator at 731-644-8500. The program is under the guidance of Dr. Finley as well as our Outpatient Director, Scott Whitby, MD, FACP and our residency coordinator, Linda Burks, MA, MT.
Amanda Finley, DO, FACOI, FACP
Director of Medical Education
Internal Medicine Program Director
301 Tyson Ave. Paris, Tn. 38242
Scott Whitby, MD, FACP
Linda Burks MA, MT
GME office: 731-644-8500
(ACGME Internal Medicine Program Requirements, 2020)