This year’s Rural Health Scholars Retreat will be a hybrid event held virtually and in-person Friday-Sunday, October 8-10, and will include special guest alumni from the past 20 years!
A select group of students this year will be able to participate in-person over the entire event; others will be welcome to attend only on Friday, October 8, in the Rural Health Scholars Reunion and 20th Anniversary celebration dinner; or online for one or more of three sessions on Saturday, October 9. This hybrid format will accommodate up to 200 students virtually on Saturday, October 9.
- Explore a variety of paths and potential futures in rural practice
- Access resources that will assist them on the way to training for and practicing in a rural community
- Develop a personal pan for the next step in their own professional development
- Engage with a variety of physicians, both young and experiences, who have worked and are passionate about working in a rural place
- Connect with other students with an interest in preparing for generalist rural practice.
Any student with interest in rural generalist practice – whether family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, pediatrics, women’s health, surgery, public health, or research – is strongly encouraged to apply for the Rural Health Scholars Program.
The purpose of the program is to foster interest among medical students in a career in rural practice and to prepare them for a leadership role in restoring health to the rural communities in which they will someday live. Students from any level of medical school training and from any Ohio medical school are welcome.
- A one-year student membership in the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and its Student Constituency Group, with all the attendant benefits
- An opportunity for two selected students to attend Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, DC, Tuesday-Thursday, February 8-10, 2022, and two students to attend the NRHA Annual Meeting and Rural Medical Educators preconference in Albuquerque, NM, Tuesday-Friday, May 10-13, 2022. The total travel and meeting allowance this year is up to $750 per student and may be supplemented with other scholarships, including scholarships from the NRHA.
All program expenses are provided courtesy of The Ohio State University Department of Family Medicine and its Rural Fund, the Dr. J. Martin Byers Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund, and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Friday, October 8, in the evening (in-person only)
- Saturday, October 9, three 90-minute hybrid sessions
- Sunday, October 10, in the morning (in-person only).
For additional information or clarification, please send an email to Dawn Mollica and copy Randall Longenecker, MD, with “Rural Health Scholars Retreat” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, September 19. An invitation to register for Saturday’s events as an online participant will be sent in late September.