The federal award will support the University of Missouri School of Medicine Rural Scholars Program.
“The Rural Scholars Program is designed to offer medical students interested in rural practice a variety of experiences including lectures, mentoring, and clinical programs centered around rural care. Students interested in the Rural Scholars Program will apply in their first year of medical school.” – University of Missouri
According to a news release, more than a third of Missouri’s residents live in rural areas and the share of real population over 65 is higher than in urban communities.
The University of Missouri reported, “Since starting the Rural Scholars Program, nearly 50% of medical school students admitted through the Bryant Scholars program at MU are now practicing as physicians in rural Missouri and 43% are primary care doctors. “
According to the news release from the University of Missouri, Whitney LeFevre, MD, Rural Scholars Medical Director at the University of Missouri School of Medicine said, “This funding will enable us to establish new curricula, expand clinical training site partnerships, expose students throughout the state to health careers, provide additional scholarships to students who intend to practice in rural communities, and create new faculty training programs… This grant offers an exciting opportunity to grow medical education for students who are likely to choose primary care practices in rural Missouri.”
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