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R U R A L H EALT H

NEW ROLE, NEW SCRIPT

Kay Miller Temple, M.D., moves from clinical practice to medical journalism for the Rural Health Information Hub.

A DIFFERENT TYPE OF PRESCRIPTION Kay Miller Temple, MD, at her desk in the UND Center for Rural Health

Kay Miller Temple is not your typical web writer for the Center

wasn’t an impulse decision. She sought out career coaching

for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota

to make sure she had a reasonable perspective on such a

School of Medicine & Health Sciences (UND SMHS). Like her

dramatic change.

colleagues, Miller Temple writes and edits web-based articles for the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and for the Rural Community Health Gateway project. But the journey she took to becoming a rural health journalist is very different than the path taken by the other health writers at the CRH. After more than 30 years as a practicing physician, Miller Temple decided to pursue a degree in journalism. Why would someone trade a stethoscope for a pen? Miller Temple says it

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“No one could escape the very obvious fact that I was a nontraditional student,” Miller Temple said. “I recognized that if I wanted to write for the public, I had to have credibility.” Miller Temple grew up on a farm near Cresbard, S.D., population 103. Like others in her family, Miller Temple loved to read. She also enjoyed the vastness and the freedom of growing up in a rural area. On the family farm, she learned the value of hard work. She was responsible for the family

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