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Program Overview

If you’re trying to answer that all-important question, “Do I want to be a doctor?” the Rural Medical Scholars program at Mississippi State University may help you chart your future path.

RMS students working with an artificial patient.

Here are a few benefits:

  • Take real college courses and gain college credits you can use later.
  • Make life-long friends with the same interests and goals.
  • Receive free tuition, housing, and textbooks.
  • Become certified as a Jr Master Wellness Volunteer.
  • Participate in practical based learning activities relevant to the life of a physician.
  • Experience a summer “vacation” you’ll never forget.

As a Rural Medical Scholar, you will be part of a 5-week summer program at Mississippi State University. You will take two –pre-med courses (Biology and Sociology), spend several afternoons a week “shadowing” a physician in a clinical setting, visit the University of Mississippi Medical school, and participate in events geared to the interests of young, aspiring physicians like yourself. Practical lab-based learning activities will be integrated throughout the program to enhance knowledge and skill. To help launch your college career, a communication, teambuilding/critical thinking skills workshop along with a study skills workshop will kick off the program.

“Sounds good, but you might be thinking…”I was planning to work this summer.” Consider this: Except for a nominal $100 registration fee (due after official acceptance), Scholars receive tuition, housing, and textbooks during the program! The value is over $3400! Plus, you get a head start on college and 7 hours of college credit behind you. You will be responsible for food expenses. Food will be supplied during the first 3 days of orientation. 

The program will run from May 28 through June 29, 2017. As a Scholar, you will be required to stay on campus throughout each week. You will return home on the weekends, leaving on Friday afternoon and returning on Sunday evening.


Rural Medical Scholars Program: Filling the Gap for Healthcare and Public Health Leaders in Mississippi (PDF)
American Public Health Conference, Atlanta GA.
November 6-8, 2017

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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 (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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