The 2016 entering students of the Rural Medicine Program (RMP) were awarded their first clinical white coats, a stethoscope and a book stipend on August 16, 2016, during a dinner at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

The RMP is a pre-matriculation year at Auburn University prior to entering UAB School of Medicine for students who were raised in rural Alabama. The program is designed to support and guide students who will return to rural Alabama as primary care physicians. The first class started in 2006 and to date 82% of the students who have completed all their medical students practice family medicine in rural Alabama.

This year’s class of 8 students will spend the 2016-17 academic year at Auburn doing course work that address the unique needs and experiences of rural Alabama and its residents. They will then enter the UAB School of Medicine for 4 years of studies which include emphasis on the medical needs of rural Alabamians.

The students, their undergraduate schools and hometowns are pictured as follows (left to right): Anmol Ahuja, UAB, Clanton; Morgan Read, Auburn, Wellington; Dusty Trotman, Univ. of Alabama, Rainsville; Joe McIlwain, Auburn, Tuscumbia; Sara-Elizabeth Cardin, Univ. of Alabama, Rogersville; Ben Chappell, Auburn, Alexander City; Alicia Williams, Fort Payne, Mercer Univ.; and Candace Clemmons, Auburn, Geneva.

White coat Class of 2021


As a medical student at UAB you will see patients your very first day. A Clinical Skills Scholar, chosen from the faculty for their dedication to educating students, will mentor you through your first two years. Cutting-edge simulation and live, standardized patients will augment classroom instruction by some of the most productive faculty in the country. You will also have opportunities to work with UAB faculty in the Birmingham VA Medical Center and at Children's of Alabama's Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, both of which are connected by walkways to School of Medicine buildings.

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