- Cullman, Alabama

August 19, 2013

Cullman area students complete Pre-medical Internship

UAB School of Medicine, Huntsville Regional Medical Campus

CULLMAN — Three Cullman-area residents recently completed the eight-week Huntsville Rural Pre-medical Internship of the UAB School of Medicine, Huntsville Regional Medical Campus. This highly competitive program provides selected pre-medical college students from rural areas with a broad exposure to medicine which, hopefully, will inspire them to careers as physicians practicing in rural Alabama.

Area students participating in the 2013 program were:

Ms. Caroline Hicks of Cullman, a University of Alabama senior majoring in biology;

Mr. Chase Hoffman of Cullman, a Birmingham Southern College junior majoring in physics; and

Ms. Palee Myrex of Bremen, also a University of Alabama senior majoring in biology.

The experience centered on the interns spending 150 hours shadowing and learning from physicians and other medical professionals at UAB School of Medicine – Huntsville, as well as private physicians the students’ home towns.

They also attended lectures on a variety of subjects ranging from farm injury to hospice care as well as field trips, including visits to a motorhome manufacturing plant and a chicken processing plant. 

The Huntsville Rural Pre-medical Internship program is offered every summer at the UAB School of Medicine Huntsville Rural Medicine Campus. Eligible students must have be from rural or small-town areas of Alabama, have completed at least their sophomore year of college by the time the internship begins, and have a demonstrated interest in becoming a physician. Interested students can learn more about this program by e-mailing Paula Clawson at