In June, Dr. John Plescia, of KSB’s Mt. Morris clinic, was named as the new Director of Rural Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. As a former graduate of the Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program, this opportunity brings Dr. Plescia full circle, combining his passion for rural healthcare and working with students. In addition to his new role as Director of the RMED program, Dr. Plescia will continue practicing medicine at KSB’s Mt. Morris clinic.
Established in 1993, the RMED program at the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford was developed to encourage medical students to pursue careers in a rural health setting. Through the program, fourth-year medical students have the opportunity to participate in a sixteen week internship at a rural hospital throughout Illinois, including KSB. Participants are paired with physician preceptors and work to develop clinical skills, as well as complete a community-based project within that area.
KSB Hospital has a long standing relationship with the RMED program through, and each year participating physicians Kurt Crowe, MD, Dr. Emilee Bocker, MD, Mark Myers, MD, and Gregory Reckamp, MD, host RMED students during their rotation.
In his new role as RMED Director, Dr. Plescia works with health systems throughout Illinois to establish teaching sites at rural health care facilities. In addition, he also acts as a mentor to students in the program, guiding them through their experience in rural healthcare.
“As RMED director, I am seeing that over the past 25 years we have helped train some exceptional doctors that are helping rural areas all over the state, but there is still a huge demand,” commented Dr. Plescia, “we give students a great educational experience by partnering with health systems, like KSB, that care about teaching. I look forward to continuing this tradition”