Rural Medical Scholars

The Rural Medical Scholars program is seeking academically talented rising seniors in high school who are interested in pursuing a career as a primary care physician. This program can help you answer that all-important question, "Do I want to be a physician?" For five weeks during first term summer school, May 28-June 29, scholars will take two, college level pre-med courses, (biology and sociology), visit the UMMC Medical School where they engage in hands-on activities and talk to faculty and students, experience the day-to-day practice of medicine by shadowing doctors as they work, make new friends with similar interests and goals, participate in practical learning activities promoting teamwork and critical thinking, engage in a communications and study skills workshop, experience other hands on learning activities relevant to the life of an aspiring physician, earn certification as a Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, and live on campus at Mississippi State University and get a taste of college life. There is a $100 registration fee, once accepted into the program. Tuition, books and room are provided for free---$3400 plus value. The deadline for application is March 20. Please apply online at


Who is eligible: 

Rising High School Seniors

Special Restrictions: 

Currently completing your junior year of high school.

Minimum composite score of 24 on ACT.

High school grades in line with your ACT scores.

Desire to learn about a career in family medicine.

Mississippi resident.

Type: Overnight Camp

Sponsoring Unit: 

Primary support from Mississippi State University Extension Service and partial support from the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Mississippi State Department Health

Other Information: 

All applications must be submitted on or before March 20, 2017. We have a limited number of slots for the program. Accepted applicants will be notified by the first week in April. Our website contains a link to "frequently asked questions" which you may find helpful.


$100 registration fee, once accepted into the program
Food cost incurred during the semester (some meals are provided)
Transportation costs (students go home on weekends)


Ann Sansing, MS, MRHF
Extension Instructor/ Rural Medical Scholars Program Director
Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Mississippi State University Extension Service
twitter: @asansing23

For More Information: 

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