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Wright Rural Health Medical Scholars Program

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The Wright Rural Medical Scholars program (WRMS) strives to bolster the healthcare workforce in rural areas, particularly in rural West Central Ohio. To meet this goal, WRMS gives Boonshoft School of Medicine students opportunities to complete clinical experiences in the local area. The Boonshoft School of Medicine has been placing students in rural communities since 2013.

The office of the Wright Rural Medical Scholars program is located on the Lake Campus, located in Celina on beautiful Grand Lake St. Marys, about 90 miles northwest of the Dayton Campus. The Lake Campus is Wright State’s only regional campus and aims to meet the educational needs of West Central Ohio residents.

The Wright Rural Medical Scholars program is funded by Ohio Area Health Education Center funds.

Opportunities within WRMS

There are two main ways to be involved with WRMS: the rural track or stand-alone rural rotations. WRMS’s Rural Track is a more intensive experience for students interested in rural medicine and includes required clinical, scholarship, and extracurricular activities. Stand-alone rural experiences will also be available to students not involved with the rural track but would still like some rural medicine exposure during their medical education.

Rural Track Requirements

  • Clinical Requirements
    • Summer AHEC experience: An early clinical experience with a family medicine physician during the summer between first and second year of medical school
  • Clerkships
    • Must complete the Family Medicine clerkship at an approved rural site.
    • Must complete at least one-half of one additional clerkship at an approved rural site.
  • Electives
    • Students will complete at least one elective at a rural site. Away electives are allowed.
  • Scholarship Requirements
    • Required scholarly activity will include a rural theme and/or be with a rural mentor who has an affiliated faculty position in BSOM.
  • Extracurricular Requirements
    • Participate in the Advocates for Rural Medicine student organization by attending at least 50% of the group’s meetings during the Foundations of Clinical Practice years.

Interprofessional Opportunities

WRMS also hosts interprofessional educational events that bring together medical, family nurse practitioner, Pharm.D., and nursing students at the Lake Campus. The events cover a variety of rural health issues and allow for great interprofessional interactions. Local health professionals also attend the events and provide their unique perspectives from their own experiences with rural practice.

Contact Information

Jayna Vossler, M.S.

Medical Education - BSOM
Rural Health Manager
Dwyer Hall 112, Lake Campus, Celina, OH 45822

Dawn McNaughton, M.D.

Medical Education - BSOM
Faculty Director for Rural Health Education Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Grand Lake Health System, 200 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Marys, OH 45885-2400

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