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RMP applications for 2014 now available

The Rural Medicine Program application season for 2014 is now open.
For information and access to the on-line application, please select "Rural Medicine Program" from the bar on the left.
Then select "Application & Curriculum Information" from the bar on the left on that page.
When you register as a First Time Visitor, the program you should select is "Rural."
If you have any questions about the RMP application, contact Paula Clawson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling 256-551-4630.


Important dates:
January 13. 2014: Applications available
March 21, 2014: Deadline for applications
May 1, 2014: Notification of interview
May 22, 2014: RMP Interview Day (Huntsville)
May 29, 2014: RMSP Interview Day (Tuscaloosa)
June 9, 2014: Acceptance Day

The 2014 application is available on-line at:

More Med Students Opt for Family Medicine

More Medical School Students Opting For Family Medicine Careers, Data Show

September 04, 2013 04:45 pm James Arvantes – The percentage of medical school graduates choosing family medicine residencies has jumped by nearly 10 percent during the past five years, an increase that demonstrates the growing popularity of family medicine as a career choice, according to Perry Pugno, M.D., vice president for medical education at the AAFP.

The AAFP conducts an annual survey of the nation's family medicine residency programs, and according to those data, 67.4 percent of first-year family medicine residents graduated from U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical schools this year, making 2013 the fifth straight year the percentage has increased. In 2009, 58 percent of first-year family medicine residents graduated from a U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school.

"This is another indicator that medical students realize primary care is the foundation of health care," said Pugno in a recent press release. "The number of students choosing family medicine in the annual Match (National Resident Matching Program) continues to increase, and the attendance at the AAFP's National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students has really increased. All of these point to a trend toward primary care careers."

Pugno added, however, that the nation is not producing enough family physicians to meet the growing demand for primary care and family physician services, especially as the population ages and more people gain access to health care coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The nation is producing about 3,500 family physicians a year, but will need about 40,000 more FPs by 2020 to address current and anticipated demand, said Pugno in an interview with AAFP News Now.

He described medical students as "savvy consumers of information," saying "they recognize that the demand for primary care is clearly going to escalate."

"They see the results of studies from across the nation showing that a robust primary care base achieves better care, better patient experience and better health, and that it does so at a lower cost," said Pugno.

Alabama AFP Student Meeting 2013

The Student Chapter of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians met during the Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium of the AAFP at the Sandestin Beach Resort, June 20-23. The students enjoyed the Florida sand and surf but also enjoyed the educational part of the meeting which included a lecture on EKG interpretation and a workshop in dermatological procedures. Ashley Bentley, the Student Interest Strategist for the American Academy of Family Physicians, was part of a panel presentation on Family Medicine Interest Group development. Drew Smith, RMP student, shared about leading a group of medical students on a recent medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. 


Family Physicians most recruited in U.S.

Family physicians top list of most-recruited specialties in the U.S.
Data from Merritt Hawkins' 2013 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives showed family medicine was the most-recruited medical specialty in the U.S., followed by internal medicine. Hospitalist, psychiatry, emergency medicine and pediatrics were also among the top 10. (8/28)

Health Reform and Rural Americans

How Health Insurance Reform Proposes to Help Rural Americans

Lower Costs

Preventive Care for Better Health: Health reform will ensure that all Americans have coverage of preventive services.

Ending the Hidden Tax:  Insured families pay a “hidden insurance tax” for the unpaid costs of the 20% of rural families who don’t have insurance by offering affordable insurance.

Financial Relief for Working Families: By ensuring coverage of basic health care services health reform will help rural families with their health care bills.