Applying to RMSP

Most applicants apply to the Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP) during the admissions process. An interested applicant completes an AMCASS application. Once the verified AMCASS application is downloaded and accepted by our Admissions Office, the applicant is sent a link to our supplemental applications.

For the RMSP supplemental application, applicants must respond to the following questions:

1. Why do you consider yourself suited to rural medical practice?

2. If you have lived in a rural community, please describe it and indicate how long you have lived there.

3. Describe your understanding of an issue or challenge facing rural communities now or in the future.

4. Describe any relevant medical encounters that either you or your family has experienced. How has this influenced your desire to practice rural medicine?

5. What are your future career goals?

The College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate offers several Special Admissions Options. Benefits include Early Acceptance and/or Guaranteed Admission, as well as a simplified admissions process.

Acceptance into these programs indicates your willingness to participate in the Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP).

A number of RMED students have also taken part in the five-year MD/MPH joint degree program. These students have found that the Master of Public Health degree offers skills that are highly relevant to rural practice, including training in social determinants of health, disparities, systems and policy issues, program planning and evaluation, environmental health, and basic epidemiology and biostatistical competencies. Interested RMED students should review the program description: MD/MPH program.