Rick Brewer and Mark Ingram recently visited third year medical students located at the regional site in Morehead, Kentucky. The students are a special cohort enrolled in the Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP) which is designed to identify and train physicians who desire to serve as practitioners and health care leaders in rural settings.
The unique program addresses the growing health care needs evident in rural areas of Kentucky and the rest of the nation. Students spend their first two years of medical school at the Lexington campus. During their third and fourth years of medical school, RPLP students complete the majority of their clinical experiences in designated rural hospitals and clinics with community-based faculty members holding academic appointments at the UK College of Medicine serving as their teachers.
Program partners include UK, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, and Morehead State University. UK medical librarians travel to Morehead to provide training on the various databases and resources available as well as teach principles of evidence based medicine. This year, there are 11 students, nearly double the number of students last year. The goal is to provide these students to receive the same training and access to resources as the students located in Lexington. The Medical Center Library has collaborated with this program for the last two years.