Residency Incentive Information


To incentivize primary care physicians to work in rural areas or with underserved populations in Tennessee.

Eligible primary care specialties include: Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Psychiatry

Other specialties, such as general surgery or hospitalist, may be considered depending upon the need in the community in which the clinician will practice. 

Incentive Basics:

The Residency Incentive offers $105,000 to primary care residents in a 3-year residency and $140,000 to those in a 4-year residency program, in exchange for an equal length commitment to serve in a rural area or with an underserved population in Tennessee. 

Funding begins during residency and continues until the full amount of the incentive is disbursed.

Approved practice sites for the service commitment are not limited to health professional 

shortage areas, but must be located in rural or urban underserved areas and see TennCare patients. 

It is preferred that urban underserved sites see at least 30% TennCare and/or uninsured patients.

Review Cycle and Award Amount

Applications may be submitted at any time by residents not in their final year

Applications must be submitted by June 1st by residents in their final year. For the 2020-2021 residency year, final year residents must submit their applications by June 1, 2021.

The Residency Incentive Committee generally meets quarterly and will announce awards shortly after they are approved.

A successful applicant will receive $105,000 for a 3-year residency and $140,000 for a 4-year residency. The award is disbursed in quarterly payments of $8750 ($35,000 a year) until the total incentive amount is reached.  

Award disbursement begins the quarter following TCWD's receipt of a signed Residency Incentive Agreement.

Practice Site Selection Process

Resident's may find their own practice location or ask TCWD staff for assistance, but TCWD must always approve sites.

The program is competitive and number of Incentives awarded will vary each year depending upon 
available funding and the number of applicants.

Contact Daniel Jayroe at or 615.401.7463 for more details.