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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?

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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.
  • Take an onsite tour (pending public health guidelines) per UMMC School of Medicine and visit with Dean of Admissions, physicians in practice and students still in medical school.
  • Experience college with mentors that will help you navigate the learning experience and build relationships with your fellow scholars.
  • Become certified as a Jr Master Wellness Volunteer.
  • Attend class and live on campus at Mississippi State University and get a taste of college life.

As a Rural Medical & Science Scholar, you will be part of a 2 week summer program at Mississippi State University. You will take one health science college-level course (Introduction to Health Professions), spend several afternoons a week participating 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. Workshops pertaining to communication, team building/critical thinking, and study skills will help launch your college career.

“Sounds good, but you might be thinking…” I was planning to work this summer.” Consider this: You can work or participate in other extracurricular events after the 2 week experience, so why not attend the RMS Scholars program and get a jumpstart on three college credits for a reduced price including experiential learning activities. Your cost includes tuition, textbooks, application fee, and housing cost for only $2600 (Including weekends). So, what have you got to lose? You gain 3 college credits and meet life-long friends in a learning environment that you help pioneer. Program dates are June 9 through June 21, 2024.

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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