Medical Students Make a Difference in Rural Missouri

Rural Community Integration Program Poster Session
Megan Anderson, right, a third-year medical student, presents her poster at the Rural Community Integration Program Poster Session.

The MU School of Medicine Rural Track Clerkship Program recently celebrated the contributions that third-year medical students have made in rural communities throughout the state.

On April 12, student posters were on display at the school, showcasing Community Integration Projects completed during the students’ third-year clerkships at various rural track training sites across the state.

The top three student posters selected by faculty judges — in no particular order — were:

  • Ryan Ladd and Dalton Lohsandt for the project, “An Education and Survey of Influenza Vaccination Rates among Long-term Care Facility Health Care Employees,” completed during their clinical rotation in Sedalia
  • Katie Meidl for the project, “Analyzing the Effect of Educational Resource Guides on Patients’ Understanding of Depression and Community Treatment Resources,” completed during her clinical rotation in St. Joseph
  • Ash Sampath for the project, “The Effects of Non-contact Boxing on Non-motor Functions of Parkinson’s Disease,” completed during his clinical rotation in Sikeston

The Community Integration Program was created as part of the Rural Track Clerkship Program to give third-year medical students the opportunity to participate in service learning to more fully integrate into the community.

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