Housing re-opened for third year medical students practicing rural medicine in Joplin Monday. The housing is part of the MU School of Medicine rural track pipeline program, which trains students to practice medicine in small, rural communities.
The Joplin arm of the program shut down in 2011, after a tornado destroyed the old living quarters.
Kathleen Quinn is the director of the rural track pipeline program at MU and she says the program helps create more doctors in rural areas, where care could be in short supply.
An I-49 mural made by students at Joplin East Middle School
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU
U.S Senator Roy Blunt speaks at a ceremony for I-49 (from L-R): MoDOT Director Kevin Keith, District Engineer Becky Baltz, Chairman of Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Rudolph E. Farber, and Federal Highway Administration’s Victor Mendez