Donna Turner Rural Education
A Dedication to Rural Medical Education
Since its founding in 1969, a commitment to the understanding and support of care in small, rural and frontier communities has been core to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s mission. The issues that arise when attending to complex medical issues with limited resources are often better understood and addressed in the context of a smaller community where there are long-term relationships, realities of access to care and dedication to patient, family and community.
During the Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health rural rotation, fourth-year medical students will experience clinical immersion in a small, rural or frontier community. They are expected to “live the life” of their preceptors throughout this required, four-week course.
Goals of the rural rotation include:
- Enable students to experience the full range of clinical and community health problems encountered by physicians in small communities.
- Provide students the opportunity to increase clinical knowledge, problem solving and decision-making skills through an intensive immersion experience in a rural or frontier setting.
Purpose of the Donna Turner Rural Education Fund
This fund assists medical students with expenses associated with the Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health rural rotation, which they must complete as part of their fourth year. The primary use of funds is to reimburse students for travel, food or lodging.
About the Donna Turner Rural Education Fund
Donna Turner was born and raised in Oroville, California, and had many ties to rural communities in California and Nevada. Mrs. Turner passed away in December 2004 after a difficult battle with bladder cancer. Her husband, Ron Turner, established the fund in support of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and its rural medical education program in memory of his late wife.