Caring for West Alabama: Guin gives back to rural communities

October 5, 2022

Dr. Jacob Guin is a family medicine physician who cares for patients at University Medical Center clinics in Tuscaloosa and Carrollton, Ala.

Originally from Coker, Ala., Guin grew up shadowing doctors in rural communities in West Alabama, including Drs. Julia Boothe in Reform and John Brandon in Gordo.

“I always said whenever I finished med school and my residency, I was going back to practice at home,” Guin said. “I claim Pickens County as part of my home because my family is from here. My grandparents were from around Gordo and Reform.”

Guin earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Rural Community Health from UA. He completed his master’s degree while in the CCHS Rural Medical Scholars Program, which was founded to address the shortage of primary care physicians in Alabama’s rural communities.

He received his medical degree from the UA School of Medicine (now the UAB Heersink School of Medicine) and completed residency training at the UA Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency Program, which is operated by UA’s College of Community Health Sciences. CCHS also operates University Medical Center.

“This has been my lifelong dream to be back in my community, very close to the community I grew up in, and to be able to provide health care for people that I’ve known and grown up knowing,” said Guin. “I’m going to do my best to help people out and provide an absolutely necessary service. I don’t plan on ever leaving this community.”

Guin is also assistant professor in CCHS’s Department of Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine at The University of Alabama, where he teaches medical students and resident physicians.