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The Comprehensive Urban Underserved and Rural Experience (CU2RE) program is designed to enhance the recruitment, training, and retention of medical students dedicated to serving as family medicine physicians to provide primary care in the medically underserved urban and rural areas of Alabama. It maintains partnerships with Alabama Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and regional campuses across the state. The enriched training program addresses six core areas related to interprofessional education, behavioral health, social determinants of health, cultural and linguistic competency, practice transformation, and telehealth. The program has two pathways - Urban Underserved and Rural - for students interested in primary care and health equity with a heart for serving underserved patients.

Applications are currently open for first-year UAB Heersink School of Medicine students. Submissions are due October 9, 2024, with programming beginning in the spring. Contact Joseph Coppiano, M.D., or Robin Inzinna with questions. 


To increase the number and quality of medical students who enter family medicine/primary care, particularly those from—and willing to care for—underserved populations.


To be the premier program for medical student education in primary care with a focus on the transformation of health care delivery and training leaders in the field.

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CU2RE Is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $7 million with 10% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.