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University of Mississippi

Three Students Accepted to Rural Physician Scholarship Program

Scholars agree to serve four years in small Mississippi communities after graduation

JULY 7, 2016 | BY

Cal Wilkerson, Kaleb Barnes, and Judi Beth McMillen have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

Cal Wilkerson, Kaleb Barnes, and Judi Beth McMillen have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

Kaleb Barnes and Judi Beth McMillen, juniors at the University of Mississippi, along with Cal Wilkerson, a senior, have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

Barnes, a pharmaceutical sciences major, is the son of Rodney and Melissa Barnes of Booneville; McMillen, a biochemistry major, is the daughter of Tracy and Michelle McMillen of Mantachie; and Wilkerson, a history major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Wilkerson from Woodville.

Created in 2007, MRPSP identifies college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate the necessary commitment and academic achievement to become competent, well-trained rural primary care physicians in the state. The program offers undergraduate academic enrichment and a clinical experience in a rural setting.

Upon completion of all medical school admissions requirements, the student can be admitted to the UM School of Medicine or William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

During medical school, each MRPSP scholar is under consideration for $30,000 per year, based on available funding.

Consistent legislative support of MRPSP translates to 60 medical students receiving a total of $1.8 million to support their education this fall. Additional benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural physicians and academic support.

Upon completion of medical training, MRPSP scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics.

Each MRPSP scholar must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 20,000 or fewer population located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a seat in medical school, receive MCAT preparation, earn a $120,000 medical school scholarship in return for four years of service and learn the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

For more information, contact Dan Coleman, MRPSP associate director, at 601-815-9022 or jdcoleman@umc.edu, or visit http://mrpsp.umc.edu.