August 31, 2017
From left, front row, are Hannah Howard of Lowndesboro, Huntingdon College; Lee Butler of Haleyville, University of Alabama (UA); Yesenia Lopez of Crossville, UAB; Chirag Patel of Enterprise, UAB; Paul Morris of Sylacauga, Troy University; and Bess Butler of Harvest, UA. From left, back row, are Sydney Blankenship of Abbeville, AU; Austin Martindale of Russellville, UA; Wallace Timms of Wetumpka, Huntingdon College; Janison Hunter of Cedar Bluff, UA; and Adam Bashir of Selma, AU.
Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation continued supporting students involved in the Rural Medicine Program (RMP) of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine by awarding a book stipend to the 2017 entering class.
The $500 per student stipend was presented Aug. 22 during a matriculation ceremony at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, where students also received their first clinical white coats and stethoscopes.
The RMP is a pre-matriculation year for students who were raised in rural Alabama, which supports and guides students to return to rural Alabama as primary care physicians. RMP is completed before they enter the UAB School of Medicine.
Alfa has provided the annual book stipend since the first class started in 2006. To date, all of the students who are now practicing physicians work in Alabama with 79 percent serving rural Alabama.
This year’s class of 11 students will spend the 2017-18 academic year at Auburn University (AU) doing course work that addresses the unique needs and experiences of rural Alabama and its residents. They will then enter the UAB School of Medicine for four years of studies starting in the 2018-2019 academic year.