Missouri Medical Review Fall 2010 : Page 20

Service Outside the Clinic Community integration projects encourage students to become immersed in rural areas A new service-learning program at the University of Missouri did more than connect him with his future profession – it allowed him to interact with small-town residents outside the office and make a difference in their lives. All students who participate in the MU School of Medicine’s Rural A Track clerkship program are paired with community-based faculty physicians from across the state and get involved, to some extent, in the life of rural communities. Sheets was one of 12 students in his class who chose to take community participation to the next level and develop a service-learning project as part of his formal education. He organized a health care career fair for approximately 300 middle school students in the southwest Missouri town of Monett. fter completing part of his medical education in a small Missouri town, Lincoln Sheets plans to practice in a rural area of the state. 20

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