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Local Medical Group Helps Students Prepare for New Careers



The Knoxville Campus recently recognized Summit Medical Group with a Distinguished Community Employer Award. Summit was formed in 1995 by 37 Knoxville physicians and has become the largest primary care organization in East Tennessee. Currently, Summit Medical Group has about 220 physicians in 55 office locations and 5 hospitals serving patients in 11 counties in the East Tennessee region. Summit has become recognized as a regional leader in medical management and innovation.

Several National College students have completed externships with Summit where they are able to put their classroom knowledge to use in a real medical setting. Former director of health care education Rhonda Epps, who was recently promoted to regional director of healthcare education, said the campus is fortunate to have a partnership with Summit Medical Group. “Our students learn so much and truly develop through Summit’s devotion to our community.”

Summit Medical Group has also hired several graduates of the National College medical assisting program. Kable Nunnaly, recruiting and staffing coordinator, has found a great resource in this partnership: “We have found their students to be professional and knowledgeable. Summit Medical Group looks forward to strengthening its partnership with National College in the years to come.”

Director of healthcare education Rhonda Epps (left) and career center director Shay Riggs (right) are pictured presenting a plaque of appreciation to Kable Nunnally with Summit Medical Group.

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