Rural Medical Education Program welcomes new director

The Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program at the University of Illinois at Rockford has announced the hiring of Craig Davenport, M.D., to fill the position of RMED director. Dr. Davenport replaces Matthew Hunsaker, M.D., who recently took the position of regional dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s newly-established rural training program in Green Bay, Wis.

Dr. Davenport is from the community of Pittsfield, Ill., in rural Pike County. He is a 1995 graduate of Pittsfield High School and a 1999 graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.

After several years of successful employment in the biomedical engineering field, Dr. Davenport was admitted to the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2003, where he participated in the RMED Program. Upon graduation from medical school in 2007, he entered the family medicine residency program at the University of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and eventually served as chief resident. Just prior to his hiring as RMED director, Dr. Davenport was on the residency faculty at the University of Iowa Medical School.

Dr. Davenport will manage one of the nation’s most successful rural medical training programs, as more than 70 percent of RMED graduates return to Illinois upon completion of residency training and practice in a rural area.

I’m very excited to work with the RMED students and our great clinical preceptors and training sites around the state,” Dr. Davenport said. “I look forward to supporting the health needs, research and ongoing workforce development that the RMED Program provides to the state of Illinois.”

In support of Dr. Davenport’s hiring is associate dean of Rural Health Professions at the University of Illinois at Rockford, Michael Glasser, Ph.D., said: “We are pleased and excited to have one of our program graduates hired in the position of the director of RMED, within the National Center for Rural Health Professions. Craig’s background and level of enthusiasm will contribute greatly to our ongoing mission and commitment to providing health professionals to serve rural people and communities.”

RMED, which was established in 1993, has educated 258 physicians who are currently in practice or in residency training. Another 68 RMED students are attending medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

From the July 23-29, 2014, issue

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