Rural Health Scholars

The Rural Health Scholars Program centers around medical students striving to attain the leadership and skills necessary to successfully provide care to rural, underserved patient populations. This foundation serves as a source of mutual support and encouragement for pursuing a career in rural medicine.

Geisel student Holly Schroeder gives Rosalia Garcia-Moreno information on high blood pressure while fellow student Karl Dietrich takes the blood pressure of Casildo Garcia, Rosalia’s brother.

In addition to support and structure, Rural Health Scholars provides its members the opportunity to shadow rural health providers of various specialties, to hear from and interact with guest speakers and clinicians, to attend national and regional meetings of rural health centered professional societies, and a range of volunteer opportunities in different venues. The Program also provides help and collaboration with community, clinical, and research-based projects.

Each year, the Program selects first-year Geisel medical students with a demonstrated interest in working with rural, underserved communities. Selection criteria will include experience with rural life, and a clear interest in and commitment to rural health care.

The Rural Health Scholars program is generously supported by the Mellam Foundation.

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The Rural Health Scholars Program at Geisel

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