At the University of Alabama, the new fall semester brought a new class of students for the university’s Rural Medical Scholars and Rural Community Health Scholars programs.

The programs, created for students pursuing a health care career in rural areas, has put 78 physicians in rural Alabama since their founding in 1996.

From the story, written by Kyrsten Eller at WVUA23: “The program includes one year of study, where students will receive their undergraduate degrees. This will then lead to a master’s degree in rural community health and early admission to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, where students will spend their first two years of medical school.

Students will then return back to CCHS for their remaining third and fourth years of medical school.”

To learn more about the programs and their impact on rural Alabama, click here.