Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Kate Spencer, D.O. ('22), grew up in rural Glouster, Ohio and is now doing her residency at O'Bleness Hospital in Athens. For National Rural Health Day, we talked with her to learn more about why practicing medicine in a rural area is exactly where she wants to be.
Office of Rural and Underserved Programs
ORUP: Guiding Future Physicians to Care for the Underserved
We prepare learners in medical school for patient-centered primary care in rural and underserved communities, and for the generalist specialties of primary importance to these communities, through community engagement, ongoing curriculum design, program implementation and assessment, faculty development, student support and medical education research.
The Office of Rural and Underserved Programs was established with funding provided by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations (OHF).
Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways Program (RUSP)
ORUP in the News
Alumni Spotlight: Kate Spencer, serving the people of Appalachia
Student Spotlight: Meghan Trout, a physician and ally
In conjunction with National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17, we spoke with second-year student Meghan Trout, who has lived in a rural community and plans to work with underserved populations when she becomes a physician. She shares her experience with the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program and how it shaped the physician she wants to be.
Student Spotlight: Kasey Roush, caring for neighbors and friends
Third-year medical student Kasey Roush grew up in Meigs County in southeast Ohio and plans to practice medicine in a rural community when she graduates. We spoke with her to learn more about the opportunities she found with RUSP. You can also learn more about Kasey in a video produced for National Rural Health Day. Kasey talks with first-year student Suzanne Chaar and takes her to one of her favorite spots in the area.