September 11, 2017
Front row from left 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. Back row from left 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 in the Rural Medicine Program (RMP) of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) through a book stipend.
The $500-per-student stipend was presented to the 2017 entering class during a matriculation ceremony in Opelika Aug. 22. Students also received clinical white coats and stethoscopes.
The RMP guides students to return to rural Alabama as primary care physicians. RMP is completed before medical school.
Alfa has provided the book stipend since the first class in 2006. All students are now practicing physicians in Alabama, with 79 percent serving rural Alabama.
This year’s class of 11 students will do course work at Auburn University (AU) addressing the needs of rural Alabamians. They will enter UAB’s School of Medicine in the 2018-2019 academic year.