Medical students learn about rural health care

For the first time, medical students from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will study and train with practicing physicians in Dickinson through the Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) program beginning next month.

The ROME program is an interdisciplinary experience in a rural primary care setting that allows students to live and train under the supervision of physician-instructors in communities throughout North Dakota. Generally, the ROME program places two students in each community. Other communities involved in the ROME program are Devils Lake, Hettinger, Jamestown and Williston.

Third-year medical students Shaina Dockter and Mark Longmuir will be taking their training in Dickinson under the supervision of Dr. Kamille Sherman at the Dickinson Clinic and Dr. Heather Hughes at the Great Plains Clinic. Sherman and Hughes are clinical assistant professors of family and community medicine at the UND medical school and graduates of the school.

The students, whose experience begins Feb. 4 and continues through June 18, will learn about problems commonly encountered in primary care, from routine health maintenance to medical emergencies and rare or unusual diagnoses, according to Dr. Roger Schauer, ROME program director and associate professor of family and community medicine at the UND medical school. Teaching physicians are board-certified in family medicine, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology, as well as subspecialists who serve that community.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Admin Secretary, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305