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Med students move back into what they call home in Joplin

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Future physicians can now look to Joplin again for educational opportunities.

Mercy in Joplin had been the site where hundreds of medical students from Missouri University's School of Medicine received training through the Rural Track Pipeline Program.  However, since the tornado destroyed the student housing and the hospital the program had been put on hold.

Until now.

The Rural Track Pipeline Program is a partnership between Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri School of Medicine aims to train future physicians.

On Tuesday leaders from the hospital and university celebrated that Joplin can be a training site for medical students again now that students have a place to live.

The new housing facility is three blocks from the hospital, something former participants say is convenient.

"It was definitely so nice to be able to shuttle back and forth to the hospital really quickly if there was an interesting patient you had to see or somebody that was admitted," says Kristina Anderson, a former participant of the Rural Track Pipeline Program.  "I did obstetrics down here so if there was a delivery it would make it really really easy to bounce over here and take advantage of every opportunity."

Starting in June eight medical students will live in the town homes and start the 30 weeks of training.

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