alimarie81

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Does anyone have info on rural preventive medicine docs? I am looking for docs specifically interested in rural health issues due to agricultural problems (factory farming, pesticide use, etc.)
 

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Are you a writer like me?

I grew up in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and vividly remember lots of articles in the local paper quoting the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic:
http://research.marshfieldclinic.org/nfmc/

Might be a good place to start. They have at least 600 or 700 docs, and I'm sure there are some who specialize/research in the areas you're looking for. When I was home visiting my folks, I read an article in the paper about pesticides and miscarriage:
http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/mc/releases/details.asp?id=2142
 

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Thanks so much for those links!!! I haven't heard of them before.
And no, I am not technically a writer. I've written some environmental/ag articles, but nothing big. I grew up on a farm, my mom is one of the top factory farm fighters in the nation, and I am going to medical school in the fall. I am very interested in using my degree to investigate the health effects of industrial agriculture. Please look at this link and PM if you want to talk about it
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Your mom's a factory farm fighter, huh? Interesting link.

There was an article in the Guardian a couple years ago about factory chicken farms that has always stuck with me. I was able to find it through the powers of Google:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4368862,00.html

When you head off to med school, you'll have to look for clinical rotations in rural areas, and residencies, too. Marshfield Clinic (home of the National Farm Medicine Center) offers both. It's a rural area, but a huge clinic/hospital.
http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/education/residency/student/electives.asp

I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that not many rural medical places have such a big research facility. In addition to ag research, there's a lot of clinical and genetic research. Marshfield Clinic was one of the major researchers in the Human Genome Project:
http://research.marshfieldclinic.org/

Yes, I'm proud of my hometown - more proud than I realized!

Good luck in med school. What school are you heading off to?
 

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I am going to CCOM in the fall (Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Thanks again for the links. I am going to look into the residency program at Marshfield!
 

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alimarie, hopefully you are subscribed to this thread. I occasionaly skim through the Marshfield Clinic press releases to see what is going on in my hometown. Saw one today that might be of interest to you.

The National Farm Medicine Center, which is located in the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, has just taken over editorship of the Journal of Agromedicine:
http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/mc/releases/details.asp?id=2420

When I was a kid, I don't remember Marshfield Clinic's research facilities being much more than a single, fairly small, building. It's huge now. So is the Clinic. The Web site says over 700 doctors - that's not too shabby!
 
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