Family Medicine Rural Residency Program
Bothwell Regional Health Center and the University of Missouri have partnered to establish a new rural family medicine rural residency program.
In July 2019, Bothwell received $285,000 over three years from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Residency Planning and Development Program. The grant funds have been used to establish a rural family medicine residency program in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In January 2020, the University of Missouri selected Bothwell to be the first hospital to start the program. Bothwell has hosted third-year medical students on rotation for more than a year, and the grant will allow the program to expand to family medicine clinics.
Residents will spend most of their first year at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the majority of their second and third years of residency at Bothwell. The first residents are expected to begin training in 2022. Starting in July 2025 there will be two to three physicians entering clinical practices annually who received three years of residency training in Sedalia.
The grant is part of a larger $20 million multi-year initiative by HRSA to expand the physician workforce in rural areas across 21 states by developing new, sustainable residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry.