The Summer Training Option in Rural Medicine is a University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Family Medicine sponsored elective rotation for medical students. It involves active clinical training as well as health promotion and disease prevention research in rural primary care settings in cities and towns across the state of Kansas.
STORM was established in 1992 with two students, and has operated consecutively every year since. Medical students are placed at rural sites across the state of Kansas. Before students are dispersed to the rural clinics they spent a week of clinical orientation and research training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and attended the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) annual meeting in Overland Park, KS.
They spent the next six weeks working with primary care physician preceptors in clinical sites, where they also are able to contribute to research projects. The program concludes at the end of July when students return to their second year of medical school.
STORM provides the student, with an opportunity to experience first-hand the personal and professional advantages a rural community has to offer.
For more information on being a preceptor and hosting an intern, contact:
Dr. Michael Kennedy, Director
Office of Rural Medicine