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Rural Medicine

Program Overview

 Rural Practitioners of Texas Conference
Fredericksburg, Texas

March 22-23, 2024
Conference Info and Registration

In 2019, Texas A&M School of Medicine embarked on an initiative to focus on rural medicine disparities given our history as a Land Grant University and our Medical School Charter for Rural Medicine.  

The School of Medicine's goal is to bring health care where it's needed most with a keen focus on rural populations and innovative care delivery, with an outcome to eliminate a healthcare provider shortage in rural Texas.



The tenets of the program are:

  • Improving the health of rural populations in Texas through access and innovative care delivery.
  • Developing a sustainable Rural / Primary Care Medicine tract for TAMU School of Medicine Medical Students.
  • Growing Rural sites for clinical rotations to expose students to Rural Medicine.
  • Providing transformational learning experiences for students while improving rural populations' access to healthcare.
  • Gaining buy-in from Community and government leaders to ensure we gain local input and feedback to respond to student evaluations.
  • Increase education and thus awareness in rural high schools about opportunities in medicine and attract rural students to pursue a healthcare career tract through this exposure.


To expand high quality rural medicine access throughout the state of Texas through education, research, and community engagement.


To educate future physicians to meet the healthcare needs of rural and medically deprived areas in Texas.

Area(s) of Focus

  • We are partnering with local medical providers.
  • Partnering with the local independent school district (ISD)
  • Partnering with the community/county

Clinical Experience


We now have partnerships with 19 rural Texas Counties. The map below shows our current county partnerships. Counties include Bee, Bosque, Brown, Brooks, Frio, Gillespie, Hamilton, Haskell, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Palo Pinto, San Saba, Uvalde/Real, Wilbarger, and Wharton.