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Future Small Town Physicians Recognized

Published: 05/14/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

Video by: Phillip Coxwell

At the 13th annual Rural Medicine Program Celebration Dinner on April 25, 2019, eight students were recognized for the completion of the program and their commitment to careers in rural medicine.

“I could not be more proud of you all for you selfless dedication to this field,” said Academic Director of the Rural Medicine Program Dr. Larry Wit.

Each of the eight students was honored with a plaque at the event held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center including:

  • Adam Bonner
  • Joshua Bush
  • Jayci Hamrick
  • Mallory Jones
  • Trey Kidd
  • Alyssa Luckie
  • Luke Stone
  • Carly Westmoreland

“There is in a shortage in rural areas, and I am glad that I can give back to those who helped me,” shared rural medicine student Luke Stone.

The demand for doctors in small towns is more critical than ever before.

“A large percentage of residents who reside in rural areas are not getting the proper medical care necessary,” said incoming Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Boyd.

This annual event honors students who are matriculating to the University of Alabama School of Medicine this fall with a career goal of practicing in rural areas, especially in the state of Alabama.

“Lots of people depend on you when you practice in these areas,” said Trey Kidd who is looking forward to practicing in his hometown in the future.

Small town physicians cover large areas and see patients with a wide spectrum of needs. Many doctors in these areas are the only point of medical care for most of its residents.  

“I want to be a leader in the community,” explained Adam Bonner. “Growing up, I looked up to the doctor in my small town for helping everyone in the community.”

Three of these students were also recognized with scholarships. Mallory Jones and Luke Stone received scholarships from an anonymous donor. Jayci Hamrick received a scholarship through the generosity of Dr. Lanita Carter and Terry Cusack.

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