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RMP director and students honored

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

Dr. Bill Coleman, director
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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.  

Welcome to Rural Medicine Program Class of 2019

Class  2019 - 3rd tryThe newest class of Rural Medicine Program students received their White Coats at an August 19th ceremony celebrating the start of their pre-matriculation year at Auburn University.  This group will earn their M.D.s from UAB School of Medicine in May 2019. The students are from nine rural communities in Alabama and represent seven of the state's universities.

Welcome HRPI 2014

The 2014 Huntsville Rural Pre-medical Interns are on campus  in Huntsville. We're happy to have 15 pre-medical students who represent 8 different colleges and universities in Alabama. 

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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.


Keri Merschman honored with Excellence in Rural Health award

Keri Merschman, RMP Student - Class of 2014, was awarded the: 

William A. Curry Excellence in Rural Health, Lecture Award

Each year the Institute for Rural Health Research in the College of Community Health Sciences honors one University of Alabama MS III or MS IV who demonstrates academic interest in rural medicine and is engaged in rural research and/or scholarly activity. This award is designed to encourage medical students to pursue activities in rural medicine.

Keri Merschman, a UAB School of Medicine Rural Medicine Program student, analyzed data gathered by a team of students to determine the long-term effectiveness of “Tar Wars” a tobacco education program for elementary –aged school children.  She will present the findings of the research during the 15th Annual Rural Health Conference at the University of Alabama on April 29th.  For more information about the conference, go to

Keri Merschman is from Hamilton, Ala. She will begin her Family Medicine residency at the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency this summer.