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Program Overview

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The Rural Medical & Science Scholars program can help you answer that all-important question: Do I want to a career in medicine or is another career path my calling?

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.
  • Participate in practical learning workshops relevant to the life of a health or science-based career.
  • Experience the day-to-day practice of medicine by shadowing doctors as they work.
  • Become certified as a Jr Master Wellness Volunteer.
  • Receive reduced fees on tuition and housing.
  • Experience college life and grow yourself in knowledge and character for your future ahead. 

As a Rural Medical & Science Scholar, you will be part of a 4-week summer program at Mississippi State University. You will take two pre-med courses (Biology and Individual & Family Nutrition), spend several afternoons a week “shadowing” a physician in a clinical setting, visit the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and participate in practical learning workshops geared to the interests of young, aspiring healthcare professionals, scientists, and engineers.  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: You can work the first half of the summer, then attend the RMS Scholars program and get a jump on college credits for a reduced price including experiential learning activities. Your projected cost after a reduction in housing and tuition is approximately $2400. This amount includes 7 college credits, housing, textbooks and a program application fee of $100 if accepted. Food costs vary per student and there will be travel expense to and from campus each weekend. The program is valued at $6900.

The program will run from July 7 through August 3, 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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