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Rural Medicine Program

 Setting Out to Meet the Needs of Alabama’s Rural Communities

The Rural Medicine Program (RMP) is a jointly sponsored program between the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) and Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). It is a “sister program” to the Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP), jointly sponsored by UASOM and the College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS) at the University of Alabama. Both programs are designed to increase the number of family-practice physicians serving rural Alabama.

Rural Medicine Students 

White coat ceremony welcomes new Rural Medicine Program students

“Welcoming a new class of Rural Medicine Program students directly impacts the state of Alabama and future healthcare for our residents in smaller communities that may not be able to receive medical care,” said the College of Sciences and Mathematics' Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Robert Boyd.

On Monday, August 16 at 6 p.m., this year’s class of Rural Medicine Program (RMP) students participated in a white coat ceremony at East Alabama Medical Center or EAMC in Opelika, AL. 

The RMP offers hands-on experience, advice from seasoned professionals, and instruction for a year before the students begin medical school at the University of Alabama Birmingham. 

“Since all RMP students are from small communities, sometimes with a population in just the hundreds, this program helps them realize their dreams to practice rural medicine,” Boyd added. 

The RMP 2021-2026 class includes the following students with undergraduate degrees from these colleges and universities and their hometowns:

  • Nolan Baker, Florida College, Warrior, AL
  • Chandler Davis, Troy University, Rehobeth, AL
  • Chandler Flanigan, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Hanceville, AL
  • Wade Jones, Auburn University, Guntersville, AL
  • Skyler Pavlou, Auburn University, Spanish Fort, AL
  • Cameron Roddy, Birmingham Southern University, Sheffield, AL
  • David Russo, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Springville, AL
  • Nicole Tyler, Troy University, Wetumpka, AL
  • Sydney Whitt, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ardmore, AL


For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Lawrence C. Wit
Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus
315 Roosevelt Concourse
Auburn, AL 36849-5319
Phone: (334) 844-7898
FAX: (334) 844-5748

  • Read more about this program
  • Interested students must complete the application.
  • Take the MCAT as soon as possible.
  • Possibility of conditional acceptance into the program based on ACT score.
  • Minimum MCAT score 495 or higher. Minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Students who are selected will enter UASOM after two semesters on Auburn’s campus completing RMP.
  • RMP is designed to increase student’s preparation (academically and in shadowing experiences).
  • Extensive, organized “shadowing” of rural physicians and other activities are required in RMP.
  • Successful completion of RMP initiates entrance into UASOM for first two basic-science years at UAB. 
  • Final two clinical years are completed at UASOM-Huntsville Regional Medical Campus.

Last Updated: 08/24/2021