COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Mississippi University for Women junior Sara Sligh was recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP).

“I want to practice rural medicine because I feel a strong connection to my small hometown with a population of under 1,000. This has led to a commitment to serve in a rural town and an ethical and personal duty to give back to a rural Mississippi community like the one that gave me so much growing up,” said Sligh.

The biology major said being selected for this program is a huge honor and she is thankful to have the opportunity. Sligh hopes to pursue a career in psychiatric medicine.
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 Mississippi. 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 use the scholarship at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine or William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

During medical school, each MRPSP scholar may receive $30,000 per year based on available funding.

Upon completion of medical school, MRPSP scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties – family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics or obstetrics/gynecology. The MRPSP Scholar must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 15,000 or fewer population located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

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

Sept. 22, 2020
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