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The Rural Track: Gearing Medical Students toward Rural Practice


Mary Coleman, MD, PhD
Chair and Professor for the Department of Family Medicine, Director of Community Health and Rural Education
Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Brian Jakes
Southeast Louisiana AHEC


Foothills AHEC

Program Description

Research studies of medical academic programs that have implemented either extended rural clerkships, selective admissions for family medicine or primary care studies, and/or entirely separate tracks for primary care show evidence that these programs are effective in encouraging and maintaining medical students' interest in rural primary care. Medical schools in Georgia and in other states with a significant need for rural health care providers can benefit from developing these tracks. The proposed webinar will highlight an academic program with a defined rural health track for students' medical education, including the institutional mission, required commitments from students, and the student experience. The target audience will include medical academic program administrators and representatives, pre-med undergraduate students, and community non-profits focused on primary care and rural health.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to:
- Summarize the approach to beginning a rural track program
- Define the role of admissions in program development and implementation
- List steps for program approval
- Describe program components and impact


On Demand
Original program date: Feb 1, 2016

Technology Requirements

Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at Adobe's web site

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Program Keywords

Medical Education/Students and Careers