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  • Rural Interdisciplinary Case Experience (RICE) Bowl

    The evolution of our health care delivery system necessitates collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to quality patient care. Although the need remains for health care professionals to effectively and efficiently work collaboratively in the delivery of patient care, our traditional systems of education poorly prepare students for this reality.

    This realization was the conceptual foundation for the creation of the Rural Interdisciplinary Case Experience (RICE) Bowl. This interdisciplinary health care competition is designed to provide an experiential learning opportunity for students from multiple disciplines to work in teams to address complex rural health issues. Three teams of students representing twelve academic disciplines (medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, health informatics and information management, health sciences, psychology, business, law, physician assistant, and social work) collaborate to solve a clinical case study prepared and judged by a panel of similarly interdisciplinary faculty before a live studio audience. This event is being presented by the Office of Population Health and Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    The RICE Bowl encourages students to think comprehensively and outside their own fields.  The competition gives students the opportunity to experience other disciplinary approaches and skills before entering professional service.  Academic institutions participating in this novel event include Belhaven University, Jackson State University, Mississippi College, University of Mississippi and UMMC. 

    The RICE Bowl will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall.

    For more information regarding the 2014 RICE Bowl, please contact Felicia Bowens at or Elizabeth Bell at