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.
- Rural Health Scholars Retreat Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, at Cedar Hill Lodge in Logan, OH
- A one-year student membership in the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and its Student Constituency Group, with all the attendant benefits
- A $500 per student travel and meeting stipend for two selected students to attend the Rural Health Policy Institute Thursday-Saturday, February 8-10, 2018, in Washington, DC, and two students to attend the NRHA Annual Meeting and Rural Medical Educators preconference in New Orleans, LA, Tuesday-Friday, May 8-11, 2018.
- Explore important relationships in rural practice – with family and significant others, with patients and community, and with peers
- Apply principles and personal habits to living today, that will serve them well in rural practice in years to come
- Understand unique challenges in rural practice, where there are “fewer people, but more relationships”
- Connect with other students and practitioners with an interest in generalist rural practice.
Other than the expense of travel to the retreat location, all meals, lodging, and other retreat 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, and Ohio Heritage Foundation.
For additional information or clarification, please send an email to Dawn Mollica and Randall Longenecker, MD, with “Rural Health Scholar Application” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 13. Space is limited, so please apply early as preference will be given to earlier applicants.