Riley Honors Doctors Practicing in Rural Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley is praising a program that recruits medical students from rural communities and encourages them to return to their hometowns to practice.

He honored 24 doctors Friday who have gone through the Alabama
Rural Health Leaders Pipeline and returned to rural Alabama communities to practice medicine.

The doctors went through the pipeline between 1996 and 2000. The
program was started to address the growing need for health
professionals in rural areas of the state.

Organizers hope to recruit more students into the pipeline, which includes programs for high school, minority, pre-med and medical students.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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