Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Minutes from September 23rd

Hello everyone! Hope you've had a great weekend. Thanks to all the students who came out to hear about the Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. We made a few announcements, so if you weren't able to make it, here's your recap:
Next Meeting: Thurs, Oct 20!!!
Practice MCAT:
  • Saturday, Oct 8
  • 8:00 AM in Griffis computer lab, 4th floor
Volunteer Day (tentative)
  • Saturday, Oct 29 from 8am-12am
  • We will let you know once a community service has been chosen
Stadium Cleanup
Next cleanup is the South Carolina game on Oct 15!
  • Remember: you get to go on medical school trips
  • We are also having a drawing at the end of cleanup and another at the end of the semester
William Carey Medical School Trip
  • We do not have a set date for this trip, but it will probably be on a Friday. More info to come later!
Rural Physician Scholarship Program from UMMC
Speaker: Ms. Janie Guice

To be considered for the program, must be/have:
  • Mississippian
  • Rural background
  • Work ethic
  • Volunteerism
  • Exposure to medicine
  • Faculty evaluations
  • Commitment to MRPSP

Data supports that Mississippi is in need of more physicians, in particular, ones that practice in rural areas
  •  1st in adult obesity
  • 1st in heart disease deaths
  • 1st in teen birth rate
  • 2nd in infant mortality
  • 2nd in diabetes
  • 2nd in hypertension
  • 3rd in cancer mortality
  • Fewest physicians per capita!

The Program consists of four distinct phases
  1. Undergraduate premedical education
  2. Medical or osteopathic school
  3. Primary care residency training
  4. Rural clinical medical practice

Applications MUST be submitted by Feb 15.
 March: Interviews by physicians
 April: School of Medicine Admissions Committee Interviews
 May: Selection of 15 undergraduates plus alternates

Once you've graduated and been through residency:
  • 4yrs of service
  • Rural town of less than 20,000
  • Must be 30 miles outside of a medically served area

For more information contact or visit the website

Once again, it was good to see everyone, and we look forward to seeing you again at the next meeting (10-20)!