NEW STUDENTS BEGIN RURAL MEDICINE PROGRAM
OPELIKA, Ala., — Eleven Alabama medical students donned white coats for the first time Aug. 20 at the Rural Medicine Program (RMP) matriculation ceremony at the East Alabama Medical Center. Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan presented a $500 scholarship stipend to each future doctor.
|Eleven new medical students received a $500 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Federation along with their white coats and stethoscopes during the Rural Medicine Program matriculation ceremony in Opelika. Front row, from left are Erin Lambert, Trussville; Samantha "Sami" Ashley, Wellington; Alicia Darracott, Killen; and William Griffin, Midway. Middle row, from left are Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan; Brantley Judah, Tuscaloosa; Victoria Underwood, Cullman; and Embril "Wade" Edwards, Homewood. Back row, from left are Patrick "Scott" Berry, Scottsboro; Kyle Lewter, Elkmont; Tim Littmann, Alexander City; and Zeke Nichols, Moulton. |
RMP students are from rural Alabama towns and express a strong interest in establishing practices in rural areas of the state. The program takes students through a one-year study of rural-based medical training including courses in agriculture and society, rural sociology, and health policy. They observe doctors in rural practices and at East Alabama Medical Center.
Once accepted into the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, students are required to learn about primary care practices in rural areas in addition to the regular medical curriculum.
The students recognized were Samantha “Sami” Ashley, Wellington; Patrick “Scott” Berry, Scottsboro; Alicia Darracott, Killen; Embril “Wade” Edwards, Homewood; William Griffin, Midway; Brantley Judah, Tuscaloosa; Erin Lambert, Trussville; Kyle Lewter, Elkmont; Timothy Littmann, Alexander City; Zeke Nichols, Moulton; and Victoria Underwood, Cullman.
RMP is administered by UAB’s School of Medicine at the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus and Auburn University’s College of Science and Mathematics.
In Alabama, 55 counties are considered rural, according to the Alabama Rural Health Association.