“I can confidently say that my summer spent in Rooks County supported my interest in rural primary care, and my time with Dr. Beth and her patients quieted my concerns about balancing work, family, and small-town life.” -Meghan Blythe, Stockton
“My favorite moment of the summer was when I got to deliver a baby. The adrenaline rush and excitement were exhilarating. My preceptor did a fantastic job of talking me through the process. Being able to be a part of such a special moment in a patient’s life was touching.” -Brynn Wright, Plainville
“I would recommend this experience to all students who want to experience the breadth and depth of this profession.” -Lauren Zabel, Wakeeney
These are quotes from some of the 27 students who participated in the KU Medical School Summer Training Option for Rural Medicine (STORM), several of them in NW Kansas. The Hansen Foundation is one of four funders for this ongoing program that offers an opportunity for medical students to experience life as a physician in a rural community. Students are paid for their time and earn college credit. Selection of students is based on rural experience growing-up and interest in returning to rural sites for their practice. Several students have returned to the sites where they completed this program after graduation.