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Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP)

SUNY Upstate Medical University is committed to addressing the shortage of doctors in small town communities and rural areas across our region. In fact, the University has provided rural training opportunities to medical students since the 1960s. The Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP) was created in 2007 to actively identify, recruit, and nurture those interested in future rural, or small town, practice. The University’s commitment to rural training means that the Office of Admissions seeks small town applicants and provides a holistic review of those applications for the College of Medicine. Interested applicants apply by selecting the Rural Medicine Supplemental option on Upstate's secondary application.

RMSP is not a clinical track program, but indeed offers four years of elective courses focused on rural health issues. Once admitted into the College of Medicine, RMSP students are automatically enrolled in the preclinical course: Introduction to Rural Health (FAMP1646). RMSP students may elect to participate in subsequent rural health courses including: Rural Immersion Week (FAMP1651) during second year, Rural Medical Education (FAMP1650) during third year, and Rural Medicine Community Health AI (FAMP1652) during fourth year. Further information about each course is available in the College's Course Selection Book or the Family Medicine website.

Medical students not admitted through RMSP are welcome to join rural health electives upon approval from the Dean of Rural Medicine, Dr. Carrie Roseamelia.