26 September, 2016
Dr. David Bramm, director of the Rural Medicine Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, will visit Gadsden State Community College at noon Sept. 26 to discuss the program. The presentation will be in Browder Hall Auditorium. All interested students are invited to attend.
"The Rural Medicine Program offers the opportunity for guaranteed admission to UAB School of Medicine to students who are accepted into the Program while still undergraduates and go on to successfully complete the program, which includes hands-on experiences, prep courses, and the formation of encouraging friendships," said Rita Collier, chemistry instructor at Gadsden State,” said Rita Collier, chemistry instructor at Gadsden State.
According to “Alabama’s Rural Health Plan” report, Alabama has the second highest number of rural hospital closings in the U.S., and rural Alabamians have significantly poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts.
“It’s been noted by leaders at rural hospitals that improving access to healthcare, especially in the rural parts of our state, is a priority,” Bramm said. “In Alabama, the addition of one family physician who practices obstetrics has an annual economic impact on the community of over $1.48 million.”
He said underserved areas in Alabama typically have higher rates of poorly treated diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol resulting in heart attack and stroke, and poor rural women often cannot obtain effective prenatal care.
“The answer may include innovations such as novel types of small hospitals and online medical consultations,” he said. “Putting qualified doctors in rural areas is a major mission of the University of Alabama School of Medicine Huntsville Regional Campus.”
The Huntsville Rural Premedical Internship and the Rural Medicine Program seek, recruit and mentor qualified rural students to lead the way in the fight to alleviate the rural physician shortage.
“Many students believe they cannot compete for places in medical school because of economic or educational disadvantages,” said Bramm, who is the director of both programs. “But, these barriers are vanishing because of special programs aimed solely at students from rural backgrounds, especially ones from smaller colleges as well as the availability of scholarship and loan forgiveness programs from state and federal sources.”
For more information about the presentation, call Collier at 256-549-8427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.