School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


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Bridging the Gap in Healthcare

Were you raised in a small town?
Interested in returning to a rural/small town for your medical practice?
Were you raised in an urban area but want to experience a different type of patient care?

While the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences coordinates this organization, membership is open to all students who have an interest in rural/small town practice. The Wayne State University School of Medicine RMIG provides programming throughout the year focusing on rural healthcare conditions and practice. We offer rural medicine placements during Year 1 summer externships, Year 3 family medicine clerkship as well as electives during Years 3 and 4. We have provided collaborative programming with the WSU MEDSTART students and other pre-med undergraduates from rural and small towns in Michigan. The RMIG is on Facebook where you will be able to find student blogs of their rural externships and other like-minded faculty and students interested in rural healthcare. Free food is offered at all programs.

Find us on Facebook at the RMIG Warriors fan page.

The Rural Medicine Interest Group (RMIG) was established in conjunction with the Rural Medicine Curriculum Grant Project to provide students, who are considering eventual rural-based practice, the educational opportunities and professional guidance they will need to make that critical decision.

Students involved in the RMIG are given preference for paid externships and electives located in rural areas. They are assisted in finding knowledgeable mentors who can assist and advise them during their medical school career. In addition, students suggest areas of interest that they would like to explore in depth and speakers are recruited to lead discussions of these topics with the group. Finally, members of the RMIG plan and organize fun and relaxing events that celebrate life in rural America.

Perhaps, the most rewarding aspect of the RMIG is that students have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the medically underserved, while they are still in medical school! Many of the electives and externship experiences are located in severe health shortage areas and everyone (regardless of their medical experience or training) is an important team player in the delivery of healthcare to the population served.

The RMIG is an exciting, dynamic, and dedicated group of individuals who are making an effort to eradicate the overwhelming healthcare disparity that exists in rural America. Together, we are taking back the healthcare system; one medical student at a time!

What We Do:   

Of, the 83 counties in Michigan, 60 are designated as either partial or whole county health professional shortage areas. Students in the RMIG work with healthcare providers in the area to deliver care to some of the most medically underserved people in the country.

For more information or to become a member, contact:

Maia Orabi – Student Co-Chair
Jason Epstein – Student Co-Chair

Mary Jean Schenk, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Faculty Advisor

Juliann Binienda, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor