Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP)

The Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP) is a multi-departmental program organized and coordinated through the Department of Family Medicine. Its purpose is to enhance the educational experience of students who may wish to practice in a rural or small town community. The RMSP seeks qualified applicants with an interest in rural health, provides special training and support in the preclinical years, and includes training in a rural community in the clinical years.

The RMED program today offers two options to the students. RMED Traditional is 36 weeks and includes Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery clerkships, an optional Radiology elective, and up to 19 credits in Family Medicine elective. Students are eligible for a $10,000 scholarship. RMED Prime is 19 weeks and includes Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery clerkships, and up to 4 credits in Family Medicine elective.

Admission to and Withdrawal from the Program

Most students who participate in RMSP will apply as part of the application to medical school. Students may also apply after they enter medical school, and may participate in one or more components of the RMSP program. Students who enter the program by the end of the Freshman Orientation will receive priority for the RMED Placement. Those who enter later may not receive the full three credits for the preclinical elective. Students requesting release from this commitment must appeal to the Program Director. An appeal should include a letter of explanation, a letter of support from the Dean of Student Affairs, and a letter of support from the student's specialty coordinator or academic advisor. Potential reasons for modification or release could include: academic difficulty or significant health or personal issues. Students who withdraw from the program in the middle of a credit-bearing component may receive a "W" grade on their transcript. A student's participation in the program can be terminated at any time by the Program Director or at the recommendation of the Academic Review Board if the student is not able to complete the requirements of each component satisfactorily. This could be due to academic difficulty including academic probation, ethical or professionalism concerns, or inadequate performance of a program component.

Further information is available from the Family Medicine Department and in the College’s Course Selection Book.