Yuma Sun | By Rachel Twoguns
Phoenix native Patrick Kishi ventured to Yuma last summer as part of the Rural Health Professions Program Certificate of Distinction, which was created by The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix to address the shortage of physicians in rural and underserved areas.
Three students from the class of 2017 will be the first cohort of students who will graduate with the Certificate of Distinction in Rural Health. Among them will be Kishi, who spent 15 weeks in Yuma during his third year.
As part of the certificate’s requirements, students must attend a seminar series, complete a scholarly project on a subject relevant to rural health, participate in a four-week summer rural pre-clinical experience and a 19-week rural clerkship that exposes them to internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and surgery.
Rural areas in which students may be sent to complete their clerkship include Yuma, Lake Havasu, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Page, Williams, Show Low, Lakeside, Snowflake, Florence, Morenci, Silver City, NM and Deming, NM.