Former Gov. Robert Bentley said he plans to teach and practice medicine in rural Alabama as he moves into a new phase of his life.

“I think when all the fog clears and people look back to see the accomplishments that my administration has been able to do, I think they’ll grade me pretty well,” Bentley said.

Bentley, who had a dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa before becoming governor and has maintained his medical license, said he hoped to teach medical residents at a family medicine program in Centreville. He said his tentative plans also include treating patients in Carrollton and Fayette, possibly on a weekly basis.

Bentley’s plea deal requires him to perform 100 hours of community service as a doctor.

“I used to see patients from all over west Alabama and I saw a lot from Centreville,” the former governor said. “But I want to teach some residents. I want to prepare some of the young doctors that are going out and I want to teach them some dermatology, because they don’t get a lot of dermatology.”


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