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Doctor funds program to train rural physicians

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MILFORD — Dr. David A. Symond, a family practitioner, and his wife, Phyllis, have funded a program in their names to attract and train more medical providers in rural Utah.

The Symond Rural Residency Rotation Program is for medical students, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and medical doctors. Those in the program will learn directly from medical providers in rural Utah. The program will be administered by the University of Utah School of Medicine.

To support the program, the Symonds established an endowment that will ensure funds and housing for students who are doing rotations in rural areas.

A former assistant professor and member of the advisory committee to the chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Symond is an adjunct professor in the department's family practice program. He retired from active practice in 1990.