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Health Careers in Mississippi

Doctor and student studying x-ray.

The Need:

  • Last in the nation in the number of physicians per person (2010)
  • Between 2010 and 2020 the state is projected to need 6,250 new registered nurses
  • All or part of every county in the state designated as medically underserved by the federal government (2009)

The Opportunity:

  • Between 2010 and 2020 Mississippi’s health care work force is projected to grow by 17%
  • 250 or more new Mississippi jobs are projected in each of the following fields:
    • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
    • Physical Therapists
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
    • Respiratory Therapy Technicians
    • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

Addressing the Need:

Mississippi has the lowest number of physicians per capita in the nation. Almost half of all Mississippians lack access to a primary care physician; 56 percent of the state’s primary care physicians practice in only four counties. Clearly, this limited access to care for our citizens contributes to many of the negative health status indicators plaguing the state. It also fails to capitalize on the ability of healthcare to serve as an economic driver within our communities.

Rural Medical Scholars will be held from May 28- June 29, 2017.

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Publications

Publication Number: M0980
Publication Number: M1917
Publication Number: M1946

News

Filed Under: Rural Health, Mississippi Well Owner Network August 25, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi homeowners with private wells have three opportunities to learn how to enhance the quality of their drinking water sources.

The Mississippi Well Owner Network, a program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will hold workshops at the Extension offices in Wayne County Sept. 26, Pearl River County Oct. 24 and Tate County Nov. 16. Each workshop begins at 6 p.m.

Filed Under: Rural Health, Water, Mississippi Well Owner Network, Rural Water Association, Water Quality June 14, 2017

GULFPORT, Miss. -- The first 40 registrants for a private well workshop next month can have their well water screened free of charge.

The Mississippi Well Owner Network, a program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will be held 6-9 p.m. July 13 at the MSU Extension office in Harrison County, located at 2315 17th Street in Gulfport.

Brittny Fairley, right, checks Dequesia Perry’s blood pressure in their health science class at the Hinds County Career and Technical Center in Raymond, Mississippi, on May 4, 2017. They are members of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteers group in Hinds County who received training to deliver basic health information and provide supervised basic screenings. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
Filed Under: 4-H, Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Health, Rural Health May 9, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Rocheryl Ware sees members of her 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group as catalysts that can help change Mississippi's health landscape.

This high school student observes a family practice doctor at work during the 2016 Rural Medical Scholars summer program at Mississippi State University. Applications and program details for 2017 are available online at http://www.extension.msstate.edu/rms/. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Rural Health January 27, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi high school juniors considering medical careers in their home state have the opportunity to take part in an intense and revealing summer program at Mississippi State University.

The five-week Rural Medical Scholars summer program at MSU will seek to identify the state's future primary care doctors and help them become members of the medical school class of 2026. Applications for the May 28 through June 29 program must be submitted by March 20.

Jhade Jordan of Durant shadows a local doctor while enrolled in the 2016 Rural Medical Scholars program. This Mississippi State University Extension Service program is designed to address the state’s shortage of doctors in rural areas. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: 4-H, Rural Health July 12, 2016

By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- With only one doctor available in her hometown of Durant, Jhade Jordan understands the importance of practicing medicine in rural areas.  

Jordan is a member of the class of 2016 Rural Medical Scholars program. High school seniors from across Mississippi spent June on the Mississippi State University campus to learn more about becoming a family medicine physician. Through this program, supported by the MSU Extension Service, she learned what it means to be a doctor.

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