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MU Rural Track Pipeline Program 20th Anniversary Celebration

Dear Alumni and Supporters,

This year marks 20 years of the MU Rural Track Pipeline Program. To celebrate this milestone, as event co-chairs, we would like to invite you to attend the MU Rural Track Program 20th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Reynolds Alumni Center in Columbia.

The MU Rural Track Pipeline Program was created by Dean Lester Bryant in 1995 to improve the supply and distribution of physicians in rural Missouri. The program consists of four distinct but related curriculum and clinical components providing students with ongoing exposure to rural medicine. Over the past 20 years, the Rural Track Pipeline Program has successfully produced rural physicians for the state of Missouri. Approximately 55 percent of participants practice in a rural location and 80 percent of Bryant Scholars practice in Missouri.

As Rural Track alumni, we realize the impact this program has on students, physicians, and communities across the state of Missouri. Currently, we practice together at a rural clinic in Versailles, Missouri

I discovered the Rural Track Program in high school through a flyer in my counselor’s office when I first mentioned an interest in medicine. While at Truman State University, the Bryant Scholar retreats made me feel like I had a home at MU. The Rural Track Program helped me navigate the path to becoming a physician and provided encouragement to pursue my goals. The Rural Track Program also provided job search assistance when I wanted to return to my hometown to practice. 

My partner, Dr. Crystal Cook, learned about the program as a freshman in college at Mizzou. During medical school, the summer community program allowed her time to immerse herself in family medicine and provided early hands-on clinical experiences. Later, Crystal spent six months of her third year of medical school on rural track rotations in St. Joseph and Maryville, Missouri, experiencing what life was like in non-university hospitals and clinics with private physicians.

We know this program has had a substantial impact on our lives, and believe other Rural Track alumni have benefited from similar experiences wherever their careers have taken them. We hope you will join us along with fellow graduates, physicians, and preceptors on November 20 to celebrate 20 years of the Rural Track Pipeline Program.


Amanda Shipp, MD

Amanda Shipp, MD

MU School of Medicine Class of 2011
Family Medicine Residency 2014
Crystal Cook, MD

Crystal Cook, MD

MU School of Medicine Class of 2008
Family Medicine Residency 2011

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