1. STILL: Students outside of the "Birthplace of Country Music Museum" posing with giant guitar
2. Downtown Bristol, Tennessee
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jason Soong, medical student at California North State University College of Medicine:
"I've kind of always known that I wanted to be somewhere rural. I like having a lively open space not being around a lot of other people and being crowded. So rural medicine has always been my dream."
4. STILL: Students looking at papers
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Carolyn Sliger, rural programs coordinator at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University:
"The main goal is for them to go back in a rural or underserved area or just to give back to the community whether it be one day of giving back or if I do a mission work or if they try to go back and practice in a rural area."
6. STILL: Various of students outside of "Birthplace of Country Music Museum"
7. STILL: Students taking photo
8. Students inside "Birthplace of Country Music Museum"
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Carolyn Sliger, rural programs coordinator at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University:
"Today we are actually going to Bristol Country Music Museum. Believe it or not country music started right here in Bristol Tennessee."
10. Musical instruments
11. Students inside "Birthplace of Country Music"
12. Bristol Tennessee sign
13. STILL: Ashish Bibireddy inside museum
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ashish Bibireddy, medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine:
"My passion has always been community health however most of my life I've been exposed to the very dense urban areas and inner city environment. And I thought although medical school has opportunities to venture out into rural areas. There wasn't any structure programs so I wanted to use my first summer after my first year in medical to seize that opportunity. Honestly it's been one of the best experiences in my life."
15. Students in classroom
16. STILL: Tennessee mountain range
17. STILL: Bibireddy taking photo
18. STILL: Students outside of the "Birthplace of Country Music Museum" posing with giant guitar
A small group of medical colleges across the U.S. is aiming to boost the number of doctors in rural communities by trying to sell them on rural life.
They send students to live in small towns and train with local doctors. Some also organize outings and cultural experiences to try to entice students to live or raise a family in a rural community after they graduate.
Schools have taken students to a ranch to brand cattle, brought in an Appalachian story teller and catered local delicacies to show students what rural life offers.
Administrators of rural track medical school programs say their graduates go into rural practice at considerably higher rates than other doctors.
That's good news because rural areas are struggling with hospital closures and physician shortages.