A college program aims to bring better healthcare to people in rural areas.
Today was ‘Rural Health Day’ on the UIC health sciences campus in Rockford. Students from Rockford’s U of I College of Medicine presented the results of research they’ve done on bringing healthcare to rural parts of the Stateline. They’re part of the rural medical education program, or R-Med. An instructor says the students not only get more hands-on experience with patients; they also help bring healthcare to those who often have a hard time getting it.
John Plescia/Director of RMED, U of I College of Medicine said, “You may have to drive 30, 40 miles to see a doctor. Where as in suburban and urban areas it’s right next door. Also the population is older so that leads to a lot more chronic diseases.”
This is the 25th year for the college of medicine’s rural health day.