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Bus Trips Give FSU Medical Students Glimpse of Rural Medicine

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CONTACT: Gail Bellamy
(850) 644-2373, gail.bellamy@med.fsu.edu
or
Doug Carlson
(850) 694-3735; doug.carlson@med.fsu.edu
 

May 29, 2013
 

BUS TRIPS GIVE FSU MEDICAL STUDENTS
GLIMPSE OF RURAL MEDICINE

 

Friday, first-year College of Medicine students will board buses and fan out across North Florida to explore rural health care. It’s the FSU College of Medicine Rural Education Opportunity Program (REOP), sponsored by the Florida Blue Foundation. The idea is to increase students’ familiarity with rural health — and the possibility that they will practice rural medicine — by exposing them early to rural communities and health providers. 
 

This year, four buses each will depart with 30 first-year students, plus faculty and staff from the College of Medicine, other FSU colleges and Florida A&M University. The destinations are:
 

•    Graceville and Marianna in Jackson County, where they will visit a VA outpatient clinic.
•    Cairo in Grady County, Ga.
•    Perry in Taylor County.
•    And Crawfordville in Wakulla County, where they will visit a senior services center.
 

In addition to visiting rural hospitals, health departments and medical practices, they will meet and hear from primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, administrators, community leaders, and from second-year medical students who participated in the 2012 REOP.
 

Buses will depart:


FRIDAY, MAY 31
8 A.M. (CAIRO);
8:15 A.M. (MARIANNA) and
8:45 A.M. (PERRY AND CRAWFORDVILLE)
(All buses expected to return around 3 p.m.)
FSU COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
1115 W. CALL ST.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Directions: From downtown, travel west on Tennessee Street and turn left on Stadium Drive. The College of Medicine is at Stadium Drive and Call Street. Press parking will be available by RSVP.
 

Visit http://med.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=ruralMedicalPrograms.home for more information about the College of Medicine’s rural health programs.
 

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