Dear Alumni and Supporters,

The MU Rural Track Pipeline Program was created to improve the supply and distribution of physicians in rural Missouri. Over the past 20 years, the program has successfully produced rural physicians for the state of Missouri.

Approximately 55 percent of Rural Track Pipeline Program participants practice in a rural location, and 80 percent of Bryant Scholars practice in Missouri.

As rural track alumni, we realize the impact this program has on students, physicians, and communities across the state of Missouri. Currently, we practice together at a rural clinic in Versailles, Missouri.

I discovered the rural track program in high school through a flyer in my counselor’s office. While at Truman State University, the Bryant Scholars retreats made me feel like I had a home at MU. The rural track program helped me navigate the path to becoming a physician and provided encouragement to pursue my goals. It also provided job search assistance when I wanted to return to my hometown to practice.

My partner, Crystal Cook, MD, learned about the program as a freshman in college at Mizzou. During medical school, the Summer Community Program allowed her time to immerse herself in family medicine and provided early hands-on clinical experiences. Later, Crystal spent six months of her third year of medical school on rural track rotations in St. Joseph and Maryville, experiencing what life was like in non-university hospitals and clinics with private physicians.

We know this program has had a substantial impact on our lives and believe other rural track alumni have benefited from similar experiences wherever their careers have taken them.

Sincerely,

Amanda Shipp, MD
MU School of Medicine Class of 2011
Family Medicine Residency 2014

Crystal Cook, MD
MU School of Medicine Class of 2008
Family Medicine Residency 2011

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Your gift – large or small – will allow the MU School of Medicine to award scholarships to rural track participants and sustain the MU Rural Track Pipeline Program. With your generosity and support, the MU School of Medicine can continue to address the rural physician shortage and meet the health care needs of rural Missourians.

Make a gift online to the Rural Track Pipeline Program Fund or to the Rural Track Program Scholarship Fund. You also may download and complete a giving form.

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