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 Learning Experience (RuLE), sponsored by the Florida Blue Foundation. The idea is to increase students’ familiarity with rural health – and the possibility that they’ll 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, 13 master’s students and faculty and staff from the College of Medicine and other FSU colleges. The destinations are:
Madison, where they will visit a rural hospital, a women’s center at the local health department and meet with a senior citizens council.
Quincy and Havana, where they will visit the Capital Regional emergency room, the PAEC Migrant Center and have a Q&A with Havana residents.
Suwanee County, where they will visit county health departments, a rural hospital, and a continuing care community, in addition to having a panel discussion with residents of Advent Christian Village in Live Oak.
And Holmes County, where they will visit the local health department, a rural hospital and will visit with an FSU alumni physician practicing in Bonifay. In addition, they will meet residents and members of the hospital board. One of their hosts will be a current third-year FSU medical student from Chipley.
Across all locations they will meet and hear from primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, administrators, community leaders, and from second-year medical students who participated in the 2014 RuLE.