Student Involvement and Outreach

Rural Health Interest Group

The Rural Health Interest Group (RHIG) is another opportunity for interested medical students to gain access to education and advocacy on rural health issues. RHIG makes topics in rural health available to all students. The group also has a national presence and is involved with organizations such as the National Rural Health Association and others around the county and world. 


Leadership in Rural Medicine students regularly present research at annual conferences such as the Michigan Center for Rural Health Conference, National Rural Health Association Conference, and the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine. Many of our students go on to publish their work and continue research throughout their careers.


The Leadership in Rural Medicine programs allow students who care about rural issues to connect with hospitals and communities to learn and make a difference during their medical education. Our students don't just complete clinical rotations in rural areas, they serve these rural communities. Through community involvement, leadership opportunities, and public health experiences, our students learn how best to meet the needs of our rural populations.


Each year students enrolled in the Leadership in Rural Medicine Programs participate in four dinner lectures to learn from rural doctors around the state. LRM students connect with their clinical campuses early in their medical school career and have opportunities to network with doctors and rural professionals in order to learn how they can impact rural communities as physicians.