MARQUETTE, Mich. (WBUP) — A local physicians program is helping train new doctors to deal with the unique challenges of rural health.
Rural areas like the Upper Peninsula have unique health challenges including weather, distance, access, economics, and a crucial shortage of doctors and specialists. The lack of doctors and specialists in the Upper Peninsula is why the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Campus is such an asset to our community.
The campus was established in 1974 and is a pioneer of the Rural Physician Program. Medical students complete their last two years of medical training in rural locations across the Upper Peninsula. A benefit for the future doctors as well as the communities they serve.
The program is affiliated with UP Health Systems – Marquette which is the primary training site. The passion for rural areas from the students at the UP Campus goes beyond borders to provide healthcare for underserved communities around the world.
The compassion, dedication, and hard work of the students at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Campus builds a bright future for rural populations in being able to properly access healthcare resources.
Check out the first part of the series on Rural Healthcare.