Third Year

  • Conducted by Family, Internal, Pediatric departments, through the aid of a grant to provide care for those who do not have insurance coverage and would not otherwise seek preventive medical care due to the cost.
  • The grant supports medical students, faculty, staff for lodging, travel, meals, supplies and lab work.
  • Community health providers local health agencies and civic leaders organize the health fairs, determine the locations, volunteers and conduct publicity.
  • Strengths: Students learn how communities are empowered to address health needs, communities organize resources, collaborative programs between rural communities and the academic institution are enhanced
  • Communities get medical evaluations of patients in need.
     
     
    Medical student drawing blood “Amazing amount of independence, loved the rural experience… highlight of my Family Practice rotation.”
 
 
Use of Rural Community Health Fairs to teach clinical skills in the third year primary care clerkship:
  • Patients get a free yearly checkup and the medical students gain clinical and develop important skills.
  • Have conducted 28 health fairs since 1999.
  • 6 rotations a year, 8-10 medical students in a rural or underserved community for 3-5 days.
  • Services include screenings, exams, labs and patient education to include education in the schools.

Publication about our Rural Health Fairs - 'Hope' for Good Health; Clinic Offers Free Physicals

View a list of our Rural Health Fair Sites.