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Rural Medicine Program students are tasked with returning to their high school alma maters to encourage students to consider careers as physicians. Justin Evans, MS-2, spoke at Pell City High School and the newspaper shared his message.

Pell City graduate Evans encourages students to explore, dream, discover

J. Evans in Pell City

Justin Evans spoke to Pell City High School students Friday about pursuing their passion.

Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:00 am | Updated: 11:14 am, Mon Jan 12, 2015.

By DAVID ATCHISON Home staff writer

PELL CITY – Former student Justin Evans returned to his high school Friday, delivering a message to the students – explore, dream and discover.

“I want to encourage ya’ll to go into medical school,” said the 24-year-old man, who is attending the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine. “There’s a shortage of doctors. We need more doctors.”

Evans said the medical field, especially a career as a doctor, provides people a job that is in high demand, providing the freedom to live anywhere. He said doctors provide a career opportunity for people to teach, help others and give back to the community.

Evans said he is attending medical school through the Rural Medical Program. The qualification is that the medical student grew up in a rural area and is willing to use their skill as a doctor in a rural area once they graduate.

He told students they would qualify for the program because they are from a rural area.

Evans said he understands why students would question whether they are smart enough to attend medical school.

“Everyone in this room could do it,” said the 2008 Pell City High School graduate. “I promise, if I can do it, you can do it.”

Evans told students it was a matter of believing in yourself and doing your best.

“Make good grades,” he said. “Try to do your best. If you don’t, all you are hurting is yourself.”

He said if a student is interested in becoming a doctor, they should shadow a doctor for a few hours to see what the job is like.

“I can’t stress the importance of this,” Evans said. “Medical schools want to see if you know what you’re getting into.”

He said it is also important for students to get involved with outside activities and actually get a part-time job, so they learn the value of hard work.

“A job teaches you work ethics,” Evans said.

Evans completed missionary work during one summer, and he encouraged students to travel and study abroad.

He told students that college is like a fresh start.

“You need to pick a college that is best for you,” Evans said, adding that students do not need to worry about getting out of their comfort zone. “If you want to be a journalist, you need to go to a school that has a journalism program. I can’t stress it enough -- choose a college that’s best for you.”

Evans graduated from Auburn University, where he majored in biomedical sciences before he was accepted to UAB School of Medicine. He is completing his second year of medical school.

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.  

Rural Medicine Program applications will be available in January 2015

The Rural Medicine Program application season for 2015 will open in January 2015. 
The RMP staff is happy to talk with you this autumn if you have questions about the application process or the program. Please contact Paula Clawson at or by calling 256-551-4630 to make an in-person or videoconferencing appointment.


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