Rural Immersion Week takes place next week |

Rural Immersion Week takes place next week

The Memorial Hospital

Health profession students with the University of Colorado Denver who have expressed an interest in future rural practice will be spending a week in the Craig community learning about and investigating all aspects of small town personal, professional and community life.

Students from professional programs in medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, nursing,and public health will travel to Craig, receive an orientation about the week’s activities and then in small inter-professional groups begin the task of investigating what makes a rural community work from the standpoint of:

• Government

• Education

• Healthcare

• Law Enforcement and Public Safety

• Natural Resources

• Major Businesses

• News Media

• Recreational Opportunities

• and Other recommended areas

How you can help with this project

The students will arrive in our community on Monday and will attend a scheduled orientation where local leaders associated with the areas listed above will speak briefly to the students to help them learn about the cultural, economic and environmental aspects of rural life and work. Many of the students will be stepping out of their clinical “comfort zone” and venturing into rural life for the first time.

The students will also receive a list of additional people and businesses throughout the community along with their contact information and the students will be asked to expand their exploration of rural community life on their own. As you encounter one or a group of these students during their visit, please assist them by answering their questions to help them take an in-depth look at our rural community.

TMH is planning recreational activities for the medical students, a tour of Tri-State and Trapper Mine, and have coordinated a barbecue at Loudy-Simpson Park at the beginning of the heralded Whittle the Wood festival. At the end of the week, the student groups will present their findings to each other, the speakers from the orientation, news media, etc.

Please join us in this exciting opportunity to promote our community and provide a meaningful and educational experience for these students as they see what rural life is all about.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Riley, Chief of Marketing and Business Development at TMH 970-756-4245.

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