Student Talks about Rural Experiences on Radio Show

Aug 8, 2013, 09:08 AM by Julia Essex

Petra KelseyUTMB Health’s Petra Kelsey, a third-year medical student, was a guest on Marfa Public Radio’s Talk at Ten this May. Ms. Kelsey spoke with KRTS’ Rachel Osier Lindley about her experiences during her one-month experience through the Texas Statewide Preceptorship Program.

Ms. Kelsey and another guest, Eddie Lowe, MD, a resident from John Peter Smith Hospital in Dallas, spoke about their motivations for working in a community such as Marfa, as well as how much they have benefited from the experience in the rural community of Marfa.

Ms. Kelsey was assigned to work with Dr. Adrian Billings at the Marfa Community Health Clinic as part of the Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. The preceptorship program was started as a cooperative effort among all of the Texas medical schools, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to place medical students to work one-on-on with Texas’ family physicians. The TAFP Foundation provides some scholarships to help support students during their preceptorship.

To read more about the interview or to listen to it, please visit the radio station’s article about the interview,

Students interested in participating in the Texas Statewide Preceptorship Program should contact the department's Medical Student Education Program for more information.