The goals of the Rural Interest Group are to inform students about living and practicing primary or specialty care in rural areas and to educate students on the healthcare needs and issues associated with rural populations. Guest speaker and panel presentation topics will include: lifestyle and practice as a primary care or specialty physician in different rural areas, AHEC elective experiences, National Health Service Corps, Indian Health Service, and various scholarship and loan repayment programs. In addition to monthly presentations, RIG will provide students with information on opportunities for summer public health and clinical experience projects, weekend trips combining shadowing and site visits with recreational outdoor activities in Western Maryland or the Eastern Shore, and opportunities to mentor high school students from rural areas who are interested in medicine.
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