An acclaimedcountry doctorwho practices in rural Mississippi has an appointment with West Virginia University next month, to honor women in the healthcare profession while serving the Universitys annual Womens Studies residency.

As part of her stay here, Dr. Katrina Poe will also discussIssues in Rural Healthat 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Hostler Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. A reception will follow her talk and free parking is available behind the Health Sciences guard booth and in the complexs parking garage.

Poe returned to her tiny hometown of Kilmichael, Miss., (pop. 830) to practice medicine after completing her training at the University Mississippi Medical Center in 2001.

She got there just in time to replace the towns only physician, who was retiring. Poe has since opened a clinic that sees around 300 patients a week. Shes also the medical director the towns nursing facility while serving as a monitor and advisor to a community home for mentally challenged youth.

Poe won theCountry Doctor of the Yearaward in 2005 from Staff Care Inc., an organization that honors physicians who provide top-notch medical care in towns with populations of 20,000 or lower. She was the youngest recipient in the 11-year history of the award, and was selected from a field of 400 candidates.

She was also named to a list of her home states top 50 businesswomen of the year by The Mississippi Business Journal in 2006.

The residency this year is part of the exhibit series,Changing the Face of Medicine: Honoring Women Healthcare Professionals.It was founded eight years ago in honor Dr. Judith Gold Stitzel, a professor emerita of English regarded as WVU sfounding motherof womens studies.

Sponsors are WVU s Womens Studies Residency Endowment, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

For more information, e-mail at wmst@mail.as.wvu.edu or call 304-293-2339.