Since 1992, the Rural Primary Care Practice and Research Program has been investing time to take a medical student under their wing for 6 weeks, and sharing what being a rural physician is like. Props to these physicians!
The program’s success can be attributed to its dedicated physicians and ambitious medical students who are eager to learn more about rural medicine. The program offers first year medical students the opportunity to observe along side a primary care physician in rural Kansas performing procedures and caring for Kansans. Not only do the students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience but relationships are formed with their physician, medical staff and patients.
The program is a University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Family Medicine sponsored elective rotation for medical students. Besides active clinical training it also includes health promotion and disease prevention research in rural primary care.