"As for the Rural Scholars Program, I really feel that it has done a wonderful job of integrating activities into the first two years. The programs are pertinent, educational, and entertaining. Students have a voice--their input drives a lot of what happens. Some of my favorite programs have been splinting/casting, wilderness medicine, and panel discussions with physicians. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed participating, and feel that it has done a wonderful job of enhancing my medical school education.”
-Allison, UMMS '06
Wilderness Medicine Seminar
"RHS program has been excellent about exposing me to skills I will need in the future as a physician. The RHS workshops have ranged from learning to suture and cast to learning about the logistics of in-home health visits or navigating issues of small town medicine. The program is small enough to allow students to pursue the things that interest them, but large enough to get to know other classmates who are interested in rural medical practice. One of the best things I have found about the program is the opportunity to learn about the variety of settings physicians practice in throughout MA, and how my education at UMass can prepare me for many of those settings.
As I went through all my 3rd year rotations I appreciated having had exposure to topics like migrant health, wound care, running a small town practice, home visits, and lots of hands-on skills through RHS. The more models of patient care I am exposed to as a student, the more I can get out of my learning experiences as a student. RHS has helped tremendously in this regard, showing me many models of care and varieties of practices." -Anna, UMMS '2012
Scholars meet with practitioners and others in informal but structured sessions that focus on issues and skills relevant to practice in rural and small town areas. Topics vary from year to year, but generally include physician and nurse practicioner practice experiences in rural and small town communities, mental health, advocacy, selected clinical skills, environmental health, critical access hospitals, and rural/small town culture. Scholars are encouraged to help plan the seminars. Click here for a list of seminars.
Examples of past seminar topics:
Critical care access hospitals
Indian Health Service
- Managing a rural/ small town practice
Mental health in rural communities
- Migrant health
- Planning for third year clerkships
- Practice in rural areas
Rural health careers
State Office of Rural health