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It’s no secret that Alabama is a rural state. In fact, only four metropolitan areas can be said to be totally urban.  One of the greatest challenges of our state is how to meet the pressing medical needs in rural areas.  And one of the greatest secrets in our state is that practicing rural medicine provides physicians unique rewards both personally and professionally.

So, what is it about being a rural family physician? To begin with, he/she uses a solid medical education and continues to build on it to appropriately and creatively care for patients. But just as important is how the rural physician is a trusted leader who makes a meaningful difference in the community.

If you’re interested in meeting the medical needs of entire families from birth to death; in being a welcomed and respected member of your community; and in establishing a real home-town fit for you and your family, you owe it to yourself to contact us to explore this unique field of medicine.

Rural Medicine News

Rural Medicine Program students receive White Coats to begin Auburn University studies

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