Robert Bentley plans to teach, practice medicine in Centreville, Alabama

Former Gov. Robert Bentley walks the grounds Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Governor's Mansion before moving out in Montgomery, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)

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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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