Family Medicine


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  • Career Opportunities

    Family Medicine offers a wide variety of career opportunities for interested students and residents. Several of these opportunities are highlighted below.

    • The department provides training for residents and medical students through rural rotations with community-based physicians. In addition to working with rural family medicine preceptors, participating students and residents learn interdisciplinary health care from a diverse team of professionals, e.g. subspecialty physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, lab techs and administrators.
    • In conjunction with the Family Medicine Interest Group, the department sponsors an annual Physician's Opportunity Fair, which brings health care organizations to the UMMC campus for residents and medical students to preview potential employment opportunities.
    • In 2007, the Mississippi legislature created the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. This program was initiated by the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and supported by the University of Mississippi Medical Center leadership and the Mississippi State Medical Association. The program accepts 15 undergraduates from Mississippi institutions who commit to a primary care medical career and to practice in rural Mississippi. 
    • The department works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Health's Primary Care Office to link communities and organizations in need of health care professionals with family medicine graduates.
    • The Department of Family Medicine is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Initiative, Southern Rural Access Program. The Mississippi Access for Rural Care (MARC) project brought together stakeholders from across the state to develop programs in several content areas: 1) rural leaders pipeline; 2) recruitment and retention programs; 3) network development; and 4) revolving loan funds for community development. Strategic to the rural leaders pipeline effort is the implementation of career development programs in area schools. Students from the department present anti-smoking presentations to fifth-graders throughout the state.
    • The department supports the Mississippi Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which supports numerous projects throughout Mississippi.
    • The department supports the work of the Mississippi Health Professionals Placement (MHPPS), a free service to match participating facilities to job candidate needs.