Rural Medical & Science Scholars
For additional information, please visit extension.msstate.edu/rms.
The Rural Medical Scholars program ran from 1998 to 2007, was not offered in 2008 or 2009 due to lack of funding, but was reinstated and ran from 2010 to 2016. In 2017, it will again be offered, funded primarily by the MSU Extension Service with some assistance from the State Office of Rural Health.
Rural Medical & Science Scholars Alumni Give Back
Numerous Scholars have given back to the program over the years. They have served as summer counselors and tutors, and assisted with promotional efforts in their communities. The physician pictured to the left was a 2003 Scholar and served as a counselor for two summers during his college years. While serving as chief resident at one of the clinics where the Scholars shadowed, he was able to share knowledge with fellow Scholars in pursuit of similar goals.
- 387 students have participated in the RMS program.
- Scholars have come from 66 of the state’s 82 counties.
- 26% of participants have been minorities.
- 60% of participants are female, and 40% are male.
- Approximately 71% of our graduates have gone on to pursue health-related careers.
- 41 have gone to medical school.
- 35 are practicing physicians (residency or private practice) as of today.
- 28 in primary care
- 12 in Mississippi
- Others are pursuing careers in nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, counseling, physical or occupational therapy, medical research, public health, or STEM-related careers in mechanical, biological, or chemical engineering, technology, or math.
- Physicians in Starkville, Columbus, West Point, and Tupelo voluntarily participate in the program by providing weekly shadowing experiences for the Scholars.
- More than 100 physicians have participated since the program began.
- Each year, 30 to 50 participate.
The Rural Medical & Science Scholars program ran from 1998 to 2007,was not offered in 2008 or 2009 due to lack of funding, but was reinstated and ran from 2010 to 2017. In 2018, it will again be offered with support from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Ofﬁce of Rural Health and Primary Care.
Rural Medical & Science Scholars:
A program for Mississippi—its citizens and its communities.
For additional information, please visit our Rural Medical & Science Scholars page.