College of Medicine’s Rural Medical Education Program awarded

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Thursday, Aug. 14, the Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford was awarded the Illinois Rural Health Association’s (IRHA) 2014 Award of Merit at IRHA’s Healthcare Award Banquet in Effingham, Illinois.

RMED was recognized for its 20-plus years of recruiting medical students from rural communities across Illinois and successfully educating them with the goal of returning to rural Illinois to practice. The program has graduated nearly 260 students, with more than 70 percent practicing in rural Illinois.

Dr. Craig Davenport, RMED director, was present to accept the award. He noted: “We are deeply honored to have received this Award of Merit from the IRHA, an organization with whom we share a common mission for rural Illinois.”

The RMED Program is the medical component of the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP), which promotes the health of rural communities through partnerships in education, service, research and policy. Dr. Michael Glasser, associate dean of NCRHP, and Dr. George and Mrs. Mildred Mitchell, professor of Rural and Family Medicine, said, “We appreciate the recognition from the IRHA and look forward to continued success in recruiting and retaining physicians for rural Illinois communities.”

Posted Sept. 3, 2014

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