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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.
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.
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.