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Home of Rural Medicine

It’s no secret that Alabama is a rural state. In fact, only four metropolitan areas can be said to be totally urban.  One of the greatest challenges of our state is how to meet the pressing medical needs in rural areas.  And one of the greatest secrets in our state is that practicing rural medicine provides physicians unique rewards both personally and professionally.

So, what is it about being a rural family physician? To begin with, he/she uses a solid medical education and continues to build on it to appropriately and creatively care for patients. But just as important is how the rural physician is a trusted leader who makes a meaningful difference in the community.

If you’re interested in meeting the medical needs of entire families from birth to death; in being a welcomed and respected member of your community; and in establishing a real home-town fit for you and your family, you owe it to yourself to contact us to explore this unique field of medicine.

Rural Medicine News

RMP director and students honored

William H. Coleman, Sr. honored by AAFP Congress of Delegates 

Dr. Bill Coleman, director
Coleman walsh of the Rural Medicine Program, was honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) with the Jack G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine.  This award is only given by AAFP when they wish to honor someone with a lifelong commitment to the promotion and support of Family Medicine.  Dr. Coleman was presented the award at the Annual Meeting of the AAFP Congress of Delegates in Washington D.C. in October 2014.



Two 3rd -year RMP Medical Students were appointed to leadership positions in the Residents & Students Section of the AAFP. 

Littrell MaryMary Beth Littrell , MS3 at the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus, is an AAFP Delegate to the AMA-Medical Student Section for 2014-15. 






Kaci Larsen, MS3 at the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus, isLarsen 2FMIG  Network Regional Coordinator for 2015 for medical schools in the southeast U.S.