The Rural Medical Scholars Program offers a comprehensive look at the delivery of health care in rural areas. Scholars are provided an immersion experience in rural medicine at health centers located in three vastly different communities across North Florida. Rural providers and their clinical staff welcome the Medical Scholars and foster interest in women’s health, chronic disease management, pediatrics, mental health, and preventive health services. In addition to hands-on clinical care, Medical Scholars are provided with the opportunity to participate in health systems events such as responding to public health crises, participating in community health outreach events, attending hospital and health care meetings, and visiting other health and community service facilities within the community.
The Rural Medical Scholars Program is designed to achieve three major goals:
- To provide opportunities to develop cognitive and manual skills unique to health care delivery in a rural area.
- To provide experiences that will expose the Medical Scholar to the breadth and depth of quality health care provided by Primary Care Physicians in Rural areas.
- To encourage the Medical Scholars to consider practicing medicine in a rural setting by providing first-hand experience of the unique opportunities and challenges of working in a rural practice.
SUMMER 2015 Clinical Experience
Our Rural Medical Scholars for the Summer 2015 Rotation completed their clinical experience at Sunrise Primary Care in Palatka and Crescent City under the direction of their amazing Preceptor, Dr. Maria Rivera. Dr. Rivera is a passionate ambassador for Rural Medicine and has a huge heart for teaching Medical Students and Residents how rewarding life can be as a Family Physician in a small rural community. Our amazing Scholars for the Summer 2015 Rotation were:
- Erika Nafi-Valencia
- Oluwaseun “Seun” Fayiga – Meet “Seun”
- Phuong “Rose” Nguyen
- Emilia Maria “Nicky” Cadiz – Meet “Nicky”
SUMMER 2015 Community Service Projects
For more information contact Julie Seals, Rural Site Coordinator for Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center
The Rural Medical Scholars Program was developed in collaboration with Sacred Heart Health Systems and the Area Health Education Centers of North Florida with funding from the Florida Department of Health.