Enhancing the Physician Workforce in Rural Areas

The AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to identify, motivate, recruit, train and retain a health care workforce committed to underserved populations through community-based interdisciplinary training programs.

AHEC helps to bring the resources of academic medicine to bear in addressing local community health needs. By their very structure, AHECs are able to respond in a flexible and creative manner in adapting national health initiatives to the particular needs of the nation’s most vulnerable communities.

Today, 50 AHEC programs with more than 200 centers operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia. Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work collaboratively with AHECs to improve health for underserved and underrepresented populations.

The MU AHEC Rural Track Pipeline Program was then designed to encompass four distinct but related curriculum and clinical components. The sequential programs provide students with ongoing exposure to rural medicine. Programs include:

Over the past 20 years, the Rural Track Pipeline Program has successfully produced rural physicians for the state. Approximately 55 percent of physicians practice in a rural location, and 80 percent of Bryant Scholars stay in Missouri.

Contact

Administration

Kathleen Quinn
Associate Dean for Rural Health
573-884-2024
quinnk@health.missouri.edu

Sheila Marushak
Program Director
573-882-5662
marushaks@health.missouri.edu

Jana Porter
Associate Director
573-884-1716
porterjl@health.missouri.edu

Lester R. Bryant Pre-Admissions Program

Jana Porter
Associate Director
573-884-1716
porterjl@health.missouri.edu

Allison Fuemmeler
Program/Project Support Coordinator
573-884-3566
fuemmeleran@health.missouri.edu

Summer Community Program

Allison Fuemmeler
Program/Project Support Coordinator
573-884-3566
porterjl@health.missouri.edu

MU Rural Track Clerkship Program

Jana Porter
Associate Director
573-884-1716
porterjl@health.missouri.edu

Allison Fuemmeler
Program/Project Support Coordinator
573-884-3566
porterjl@health.missouri.edu

Ann Wade
Program/Project Support Coordinator
573-882-4109
wadeae@health.missouri.edu

Kelly Risby
Program/Project Support Coordinator
Springfield Clinical Campus
417-720-7140
risbyk@health.missouri.edu

Rural Track Elective Program

Ann Wade
Program/Project Support Coordinator
573-882-4109
wadeae@health.missouri.edu

Kelly Risby
Program/Project Support Coordinator
Springfield Clinical Campus
417-720-7140
risbyk@health.missouri.edu

Sheila Marushak
Program Director
573-882-5662
marushaks@health.missouri.edu