Rural Medicine

Part of the Health Science Center’s mission is to meet the needs of rural
and underserved populations. One strategy used to accomplish this is to
offer medical students a unique educational experience in rural medicine.
The Rural Family Medicine Track, created and implemented by the Texas College
of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Family Medicine, is a longitudinal
program designed to prepare students for family practice in a rural community.
Under the supervision of osteopathic family physicians in more than 20 rural
clinical settings across the state, students develop their clinical competence
by participating in patient care. They become actively involved in community-based
activities, learn about the role a physician plays in the community and
experience the unique qualities of a rural lifestyle.