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Med students training with U of I, OSF to work in rural environments

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Peoria (WEEK) -- Peoria medical students are learning how to work in rural and global environments.

Some third-year medical students are working through the IRG Med program -- which stands for innovation in rural global medicine.

It's a partnership between the University of Illinois College of Medicine, OSF and the Jump Simulation Center.

They say there's a need for more rural clinicians.

"Just learning, just being opened minded," Caroline Lewis, a third year med student, said. "Seeing issues that they have in their health care and ways we can come up with sustainable solutions for them without the idea that we're coming in and fixing anything by any means, that's not going to happen."

Students will travel to Uganda and the OSF Center for Health in Streator during their time in the four-year elective.

25 News Staff

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