Students from Wells College in Aurora are in the north country learning important lessons about rural medicine.

The lesson starts with a LifeNet helicopter.

In a real-life scenario, the air ambulance could fly in if doctors decide it is necessary to airlift a patient to Syracuse, Albany or Rochester for advanced care. 

The students learn how critical it is to bridge the gap between the emergency room and specialized care.

"The benefit to the community of hosting and sponsoring this program is that they have the potential to have one of these students come back here and practice," Erin Hildreth of Health Education Centers.

It's a lesson Wells College students clearly want.

"I am interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine, either in a hospital or as a paramedic or a flight paramedic, so, this was a pretty cool experience," said student Kyle Admire.
"Usually we see the doctors once the patients are brought in, so now we see how patients get brought into the hospital.  I find that really interesting," said student Maia Baskerville.

"My biggest hope would be that these folks go on, pursue their medical career, and eventually end up affecting somebody's life, and that maybe I can help keep them on the path," said Rod Kester of Life Net.

The students will spend the entire week learning about rural medicine and how it contributes to the community. 

The lesson culminates on Friday with a presentation to the community on what they will do to deliver their best medicine to the rural communities of the future.